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Nguyễn Thị Phương Trâm | how could you not fall in love with a poet (238)

I was born 1971, Phu Nhuan, Saigon, Vietnam. My family and I were a part of the first exodus of boat people after the Vietnam war. In March 1981, we settled in Sydney, Australia. I graduated with a bachelor of Pharmacy at the University of Sydney. I have been translating Vietnamese literature for the past five years in my search to better understand my mother’s language and culture. My translations have been shared through blogging over the past year. I am still a registered pharmacist practicing in Western Sydney. I hope to continue translating, and continue to share Vietnamese art and literature, beyond borders on SONGNGUTAITRAM.
(July 2021)

By Nguyễn Thị Phương Trâm

how could you not fall in love with a poet

from the valley of sorrow

the pit of despair

words of salvation

 

but don’t listen to me

my words are made from a collection of salt

in the periods the river ran dry

 

oh my

take my advice

I will lay it on ice

 

with “A spoonful of sugar

helps the medicine goes down…”

______

FEBRUARY 2022

By Nguyễn Thị Phương Trâm

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

17 replies on “Nguyễn Thị Phương Trâm | how could you not fall in love with a poet (238)”

Hello dear Nguyễn. A poem for you.
“I told her. Never fall in love with a poet.
They adore words more than love.
They steal kisses, they want midnight dances and
they will promise you everything.
The poet will steal a memory with each kiss touched.
Make your name a forevermore.
If a poet loved you.
Make them promise,
they will say goodbye when he must run away and write some more.”

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