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Nguyễn Văn Thiện | Bits and pieces of shattered sound fell from the seventh level of clouds (54)

Nguyễn Văn Thiện
Born: 1975
Home town: Anh Sơn – Nghệ An
Master in Comparative Literature and Critical Theories
Currently a high school teacher, a prolific writer.
Editor of Chư Yang Sin (Đắk Lắk) Art and Literary Journal.

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 Văn Thiện, translation by Nguyễn Thị Phương Trâm

Bits and pieces of shattered sound fell from the seventh level of clouds, by the time they reached the tip of Mount Chư Mang they were no longer whole, they were much like the whisper of a blood cell through a vein. Y pointed at the sky, exclaimed for no reason at all, so it’s the warm sunlight, but is it that far away? A drop of cold dew landed on the wing of his nose as though it was some kind of consolation, just before it evaporated with the last rays of settled winter sunlight.
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Những âm thanh vỡ vụn từ tầng mây thứ bảy, rơi xuống đến núi Chư Mang thì đã không còn nguyên vẹn nữa, nhỏ xíu như tiếng hồng cầu đi trong huyết mạch. Y chỉ tay lên bầu trời, hỏi trống không, ừ thì nắng ấm, nhưng mà xa không? Giọt sương buổi sáng đậu xuống trên cánh mũi lạnh teo như một lời an ủi, trước khi biến mất trong ánh nắng cuối đông vừa rọi xuống…
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JANUARY 2022

By Nguyễn Thị Phương Trâm

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

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