Lê Vĩnh Tài | no. 10:9 – April had sorted us into those:

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


had sorted us into those:


from the jungle

from the North

already there.


it’s not fun

and naturally

how we now choose our friends

on Facebook.


tháng 4

lựa chọn chúng ta ra thành những thứ:

ở rừng ra

ở bắc vô

dân tại chỗ…

nó không vui

và hồn nhiên

như giờ ta vẫn đang lựa chọn bạn bè

trên facebook…

By Nguyễn Thị Phương Trâm

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

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