Nguyễn Quý | The innumerable poets (2)

Nguyễn Quý, the owner of Mando Wine, with the heart of a poet, lives in Buon Ma Thuot, West highland Vietnam.

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 Nguyễn Quý, translation by Nguyễn Thị Phương Trâm

The innumerable poets

continuous production of poetry

overloading the publishers


The readers aren’t so eager

dare not spare

the change

to buy them


Poetry is scattered and exhausted

all over the floor

in all the bookstores.

May 2022


Nhà thơ nhiều vô kể

Thơ ra liên tục

Nhà xuất bản quá tải

Độc giả không dám bỏ tiền mua

Trong nhà sách

Thơ nằm la liệt.

By Nguyễn Thị Phương Trâm

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

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