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Nguyễn Thái Bình, a Vietnamese poet from Phan Thiet, Vietnam.

Nguyễn Thị Phương Trâm, the poet and translator, born 1971 in Phu Nhuan, Saigon, Vietnam. The pharmacist currently lives and works in Western Sydney, Australia.

By Nguyễn Thái Bình, translation by Nguyễn Thị Phương Trâm

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When you throw happiness into the crowd

you receive

the smiles 

on their lips

.

When you throw sadness into the crowd

you receive

the smiles

from within their gut

I chose to

hold on to the sadness

if there ever 

were for me.

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November 2021

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Khi bạn quẳng niềm vui vào đám đông

bạn nhận lại

nụ cười

trên môi họ

.

Khi bạn quẳng nỗi muộn phiền vào đám đông

bạn nhận lại

nụ cười

trong bụng họ

tôi chọn

giữ lại muộn phiền

nếu có

cho riêng tôi.

By Nguyễn Thị Phương Trâm

There's magic in translating a body of work from one language to another.

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