Lê Vĩnh Tài | no. 4:16 – When it ignites

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

When it ignites

don’t make a fuss

poetry is the blood gushing 

through the four valves of the heart

an inaudible quivering purr…


Khi nó bốc cháy…

đừng gầm gừ

thơ như máu chảy qua các van tim

tạo nên một âm thanh run nhẹ

tới mức không ai nghe…


By Nguyễn Thị Phương Trâm

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

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