Lê Vĩnh Tài | no. 10:20 – April, the sound of helicopters

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

the sound of helicopters
now like vibrations
the phone in our pant pocket

a ray of noon light
like an arrow

it’s not blurry
like the mark of a whip
skipping school long ago.

tháng 4
âm thanh của những chiếc trực thăng
như bây giờ rung
túi quần điện thoại

tia nắng trưa
như mũi tên

nó không mờ
như vết roi
ngày xưa trốn học…

By Nguyễn Thị Phương Trâm

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

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