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Lê Vĩnh Tài |The poem, it’s a child (112)

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 blogger, poet and translator, born 1971 in Phu Nhuan, Saigon, Vietnam. The pharmacist currently lives and works in Western Sydney, Australia.

By Lê Vĩnh Tài, translated by Nguyễn Thị Phương Trâm

the poem, it’s a child when it’s still imaginary

until the moment it ceases to question and have meaning

that is when it has grown up…

bài thơ, nó là một đứa trẻ con khi còn là một ảo ảnh

đến khi nó chấm dứt sự đánh đố và có nghĩa

là lúc nó trưởng thành…

____

JULY 2021

By Nguyễn Thị Phương Trâm

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

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