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Nguyễn Thị Phương Trâm | Pretty girl (263)

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.

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A second dream

The theatre is lofty but stifled by the smell of stale popcorn and sugary fizzed off beverages. I’m warm in my daughter’s corduroy faux fur trim jacket, a little long on me but light like her awkward grown-up hugs. Chin up, I swallowed the tears buried beneath the half battered lash extensions. The movie is […]

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Compassionate Fatigue

I am bombarded with sadness, thus all I want to do is to shut the door. They tell me they only have a few months; they tell me their wife have left them. I only know drugs, I feel nothing but resentment for their misfortune. A moment in the life of a pharmacist. Suy giảm […]

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Justice

Justice and truth never equate to clarity. The virtuous exclaim lies vocally their right to conquer. I no longer pity them as my heart is overwhelmed by compassion for their victims.

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The altar boy

I developed early, but the curves appeared like sand dunes on a shoreline hard hit by waves. My first love was a waif-like fair skin altar boy with big brown eyes. I kneel mostly during mass in the front row, closer to God or was it to the angel that served Him. On the left […]