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Lê Vĩnh Tài | AN EPIC ODE OF UKRAINE – 41/43 – 3 weeks since the start of the war, 3 million people dispersed, those who have not are those who had laid down their lives. A tercet etched on a tombstone.

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, translation by Nguyễn Thị Phương Trâm

March 20th, 2022

3 weeks after the start of the war, 3 million people dispersed, and those who did not were those who had laid down their lives. A tercet etched on a tombstone.
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a sleeping white rabbit
where there’s a daffodil blooming
gently on its head
—–

3 tuần cho cuộc chiến, 3 triệu người di tản, những người không di tản đã nằm xuống. Thơ 3 câu đề lên bia mộ…

—-
con thỏ trắng ngủ
nơi hoa thủy tiên đang nở hoa
nhẹ nhàng trên đầu

By Nguyễn Thị Phương Trâm

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

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