Lê Vĩnh Tài | no. 10:19 – April, you’re bent out of shape, mixed up

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, a 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


you’re bent out of shape, mixed up 

our lives

inside a pile of vulgaris hands and feet


people returned to their homes

tried to dig up 

a life

an exhumation






dusty, sandy, ashes.


tháng 4

bạn méo mó, lẫn lộn

cuộc sống của mình

trong một mớ chân tay lùng nhùng


mọi người về nhà

tự moi ra cuộc đời


khai quật





đổ nát

bụi, cát, tro tàn…

By Nguyễn Thị Phương Trâm

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

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