Lê Vĩnh Tài | no. 4:9 – Poetry’s feverish due to illness…

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

Poetry’s feverish due to illness…

on both of poetry’s knees

we all kneeled

urged and dreamed



hence poetry’s exhaustion…


Bệnh tật làm cho thơ bị sốt…

trên hai đầu gối của thơ

mọi người đã quỳ

đẩy và mơ

nhiều quá

làm thơ mệt lả…


By Nguyễn Thị Phương Trâm

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

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