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Lê Vĩnh Tài | reading Vietnamese poetry (87)

Lê Vĩnh Tài, the Vietnamese poet and translator, born 1966 in Buon Ma Thuot, Daklak, Vietnam. The retired doctor is still a resident of the Western Highlands, an acclaimed businessman in Buon Ma Thuot.

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 Lê Vĩnh Tài, translated by Nguyễn Thị Phương Trâm

.

reading Vietnamese poetry means 

you’re a National treasure

the poets 

and their dreams of

worldly fame

they chase after the already tired 

exhausted readers

.

products Made in Vietnam means

are National treasures

you must be economical

not in some abnormal 

possessed comical

ictus

.

as a National treasure

you can not

flex your muscle

and manipulate the mood 

sell your words…

as easy as someone else’s

National

treasure… 

.

May 2019

_____

.

đọc thơ Việt là yêu 

nước, nhưng các nhà 

thơ

lại cứ mơ

làm nhà thơ quốc tế

bạn đọc chạy theo 

mệt quá thể

.

dùng hàng Việt là yêu 

nước, nhưng anh phải kinh

bang tế thế 

chứ không phải là cơn lên

đồng như

thế

.

lòng ái quốc 

anh không thể 

lên gân 

hay lạm dụng cảm xúc tập thể 

để bán hàng hơi… dễ

bằng sự yêu 

nước 

của người khác..

By Nguyễn Thị Phương Trâm

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

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