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FOUR POEMS – BỐN BÀI THƠ (167)

perhaps the virus has touched you 
with its finger

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IMPOSTOR – MẠO DANH (163)

By Lê Vĩnh Tài, translated by Nguyễn Thị Phương Trâm   until you recognize you’re an impostor   you do what others dare not afraid of the tribulation   you’re a teacher without lecture notes using dressings to treat broken bones   your  actions attracting  stares annoyance   you failed to remember in your own […]

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Lê Vĩnh Tài | APRIL – THÁNG 4 (162)

popping up around town
a child dancing
powerless in notes of sadness and death
hunger isn’t imagined
we farewell the grey days
mid the note

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Lê Vĩnh Tài | EYES, A STAR & YOU – ĐÔI MẮT, NGÔI SAO & BẠN (161)

your eyes full of the water of an ocean when you’re sad
your eyes like the sunset when you’re angry
your eyes blossom when you’re full of joy
your eyes embittered when you’re cowardly

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A WET SOUVENIR – KỶ NIỆM BỊ ƯỚT (170)

By Lê Vĩnh Tài, translated by Nguyễn Thị Phương Trâm   In a bar, she sat facing him.   He stared at her the entire time until she stood up.   She walked over, placing a finger on his lips and said: You should spit them out.   So he spits out all his memories, […]

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Melancholy

I’m sad and I don’t know why I’ve had and I want more tries I’m glad and still, the heart dies I’m mad there’s nowhere to hide

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Kisses be

by Nguyễn Thị Phương Trâm soft on eyelids gentle as the wind — butterflies wet like a midday summer downpour —sticky sweaty sweet knots of rolling thunder —chills tingling down swollen petals and soft centres —wet

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Vinh

by Nguyễn Thị Phương Trâm   I heard the owl called your name* Your heart loving wanting young Your face unmarked by the years And you heard the owl called your name. *I heard the owl called my name© Novel by Margaret Craven