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Lê Vĩnh Tài | poetry did, in a hotel slept with a man (127)

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

.

poetry did

.

in a hotel slept

with

a man

.

and poetry knew

he would

never

love poetry…

.

_______

.

điều liều lĩnh

mà thơ đã từng làm

.

là ngủ trong khách sạn

với

m.ột chàng

mà thơ biết

chàng không

bao giờ

yêu thơ…

.

______

December 2019

By Nguyễn Thị Phương Trâm

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

2 replies on “Lê Vĩnh Tài | poetry did, in a hotel slept with a man (127)”

I rarely comment but I had to say something. I felt a spark of an emotion that I can’t explain. Not very helpful, I know 😂 but isn’t this what poetry should do? Concise and straight to the heart. Well done!

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