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Lê Vĩnh Tài | no. 10:3 – April, the nation breaks in half

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

 

April

the nation breaks in half

between two skies

.

the unplanned stroll

following the tanks

to its destination.

_____

 

tháng 4

đất nước vỡ đôi

giữa hai bầu trời

.

cuộc đi dạo tình cờ

theo những chiếc tăng

về đích…

 

By Nguyễn Thị Phương Trâm

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

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