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Lê Vĩnh Tài | no. 15:5 – free verse

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

free verse

without freedom

forever 

pretending

to have no rhythm

nothing

but words.

_____

thơ tự do

nhưng không có tự do

muôn đời nó

giả vờ

mất vần

còn

chữ.

By Nguyễn Thị Phương Trâm

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

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