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Lê Vĩnh Tài | A WET MEMORY – KỶ NIỆM BỊ ƯỚT (170)

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

A WET SOUVENIR

In a bar, she sat facing him.

He stared at her the entire time until she stood up.

She walked over, placing a finger on his lips and said: You should spit them out.

So he spits out all his memories, they’re completely wet.

She threw them in the bin just before she left…

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KỶ NIỆM BỊ ƯỚT

 

Trong quán bia, nàng ngồi trước mặt hắn. 

Hắn nhìn nàng đăm đăm cho đến khi nàng đứng dậy. 

Nàng đến gần, đặt ngón tay lên môi hắn và nói: Chàng hãy nhổ chúng ra.

Và hắn nhổ ra tất cả những kỷ niệm, chúng đã bị ướt. 

Nàng ném chúng vào thùng rác trước khi bỏ đi…

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APRIL 2020

By Nguyễn Thị Phương Trâm

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

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