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Phạm Công Thiện | Girls (2)

Phạm Công Thiện, the Vietnamese poet, Buddhist philosopher, scholar, under the name of Nguyên Tánh was born on June 1st, 1941 in Mỹ Tho, Vietnam. He left Vietnam in 1970, lived in Israel, Germany, then for a while in France. In 1983, he moved to the United States, settled in Los Angeles, and became a professor of Buddhism at the College of Buddhist Studies. He passed away on August 3rd, 2011 in Houston, Texas, U.S.A.

Nguyễn Thị Phương Trâm, the blogger, activist, poet and translator, born 1971 in Phu Nhuan, Saigon, Vietnam. The pharmacist currently lives and works in Western Sydney, Australia.

By Phạm Công Thiện , translation by Nguyễn Thị Phương Trâm

Girls

Girls far away are like dreams
Closer they’re these odd things
Eyes closed they’re like aliens
Eyes open: gosh, they’re startling

May 2022
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Con gái

Càng xa càng mông lung
Tới gần vẫn lạ lùng
Nhắm mắt sao lạ quá
Mở ra: ồ không cùng


Nguồn: Phạm Công Thiện, Trên tất cả đỉnh cao là lặng im, NXB Văn hoá Sài Gòn, 2009

Robert Redford, Vanity Fair

Boys

Boys far away are like dreams

Closer they’re these odd things

Eyes closed they’re like aliens

Eyes open: gosh, they’re startling

By Nguyễn Thị Phương Trâm

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

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