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Phan Nhiên Hạo | April 30th, 1975 (7)

Phan Nhiên Hạo is a Vietnamese-American poet and translator, living in the United States. He was born in Kontum, Vietnam, came to the US in 1991 and now lives in Illinois.

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

By Phan Nhiên Hạo, translation by Nguyễn Thị Phương Trâm

April 30th, 1975

April 30th, 1975

The T54 tank masturbated in front of the Independence Palace

in and out in and out many times on the green grass

in ecstatic convulsions

and fervent malarial fever.

It has been a smutty Saigon ever since.

May 2022

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30 tháng 4, 1975

30 tháng 4, 1975

Xe Tăng T54 thủ dâm trước dinh Độc Lập

thụt thụi nhiều lần lên thảm cỏ xanh

sướng ngất trong cơn co giật

sốt rét.

Sài Gòn tục tỉu từ đó.

2011

Nguồn: thơ phan nhiên hạo, Radio mùa hè

By Nguyễn Thị Phương Trâm

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

9 replies on “Phan Nhiên Hạo | April 30th, 1975 (7)”

Hey sorry for the late response Nguyễn 💙💙

I am sorry to hear about the loss of your home after the war. You are right, if that wasn’t the case you wouldn’t have this lovely blog but we have a heart so we can’t help but feel bad about “fucked up” stuff like that LOL 😅😅

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