Nguyễn Thị Phương Trâm |108

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

Possessions I thought were tangible objects like a Chasseur cast iron pot. The best kitchen pan seals juicy steaks, or slow cook cheap cuts to perfection. Useful. Can humanity be this useful? Can humanity be owned? Have you ever felt useful? We all have, we’re all the same, this common excuse to exist. I pray you may one day escape such an existence, to be useful, to be needed. Possession has no meaning in kindness nor love. Feel free to use all the nouns and adjectives – emotional blackmail. You can never own a person, how then could you entertain the idea of setting them free? One can no more own the spirit of the meadow, let alone the soul of another.

APRIL 2021

By Nguyễn Thị Phương Trâm

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

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