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Lê Vĩnh Tài | no. 16:21 – the young woman was a window

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 young woman was a window

opened to paradise

.

by which hand 

picked a piece of the sky

as it fell to

the ground

from up high…

_____

cô ấy là một cửa sổ

mở vào thiên đường

bàn tay nào

đã nhặt mảnh trời

khi nó rơi

xuống

đất…

By Nguyễn Thị Phương Trâm

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

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