Nguyễn Thị Phương Trâm| CONFESSION OF AN ADDICT (30)

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 Thị Phương Trâm, interpretation by Lê Vĩnh Tài.


My name is M, I’m .. years old, and I’m an addict. 

I don’t know how to stop, I’ve tried going cold turkey, but through the fight, I’ve discovered a talent as a conjurer of instant excuses:

– it’s good for the soul

– it’s nourishment for the mind

– it’s an exercise for the grey matter

– it’s the door to another world

– it’s shall allow me to see things

– …

It gives me a considerable high beyond the coma of ecstasy. (la petit mort)

I am an addict. 

Thanks for listening.



By Nguyễn Thị Phương Trâm

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

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