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Lê Vĩnh Tài | as a poet (235)

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, translation by Nguyễn Thị Phương Trâm 

as a poet

you’re thief

and the vernacular isn’t what you steal

.

you steal the hearts

of those who happened to read

you

_____

 

là nhà thơ

bạn chính là kẻ trộm

nhưng bạn không đánh cắp ngôn ngữ

.

bạn chỉ đánh cắp trái tim

của những người đã lỡ đọc

bạn…

_____

JANUARY 2021

By Nguyễn Thị Phương Trâm

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

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