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ART POETRY/THƠ

Lê Vĩnh Tài |when you look in the mirror (182)

placing your lips upon the mirror
a mist appears 
and you
disappear

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POETRY/THƠ

An old lullaby – Bài hát ru ngày xưa (181)

ran and grab/grab and ran

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SHORT STORIES/TRUYỆN NGẮN

Those who do not know how to jest – Những kẻ không thích đùa (35)

By Nguyễn Văn Thiện, translation by Nguyễn Thị Phương Trâm 

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THE WOMEN – ĐÀN BÀ (8)

I’m on my knees in front of your pregnant belly

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SHORT STORIES/TRUYỆN NGẮN

YOU AND HE, THE RAIN AND SADNESS – BẠN VÀ ANH, MƯA VÀ NỖI BUỒN (178)

Because he knows you like to fly.

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POETRY/THƠ

IN THE LAKE ENDEARMENT – TÌNH TỰ TRONG HỒ (4)

The Sun atop silent

Burning fretful 

The coming days

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POETRY/THƠ

Wings of the hark – Như Cánh Vạc Bay (22)

How could I possibly fathom the waiting? My mother waiting for my father to come home. This was a letter father send to mother from re-educational camp, my very first translation, lyrics by Trịnh Công Sơn

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SHORT STORIES/TRUYỆN NGẮN

THE ORIGINAL STORM – CHỚP BỂ MƯA NGUỒN (33)

The mountains and valleys were scraped bare like a curse in folklore, my friend is still by my side, but her face is gone, only a pair of eyes remain like glowing lumps of coal in winter…

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POETRY/THƠ

SLEEPWALKING – MỘNG DU

by Thái Hạo, translated by Nguyễn Thị Phương Trâm     In the summer rain I’m under a hut devoid of walls   Trying to sleep   In a continuance of a dream last night, a corn seed germinating   Corn kernels like front teeth   Breaking through the soil piercing sunlight dancing in the […]

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Black or White – Trắng hay đen (2)

by Đình Nguyên, translated by Nguyễn Thị Phương Trâm

 

Tea

Nor spirit

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To see or simply disappear! – Tin hay lịm tắt! (8)

by Đình Nguyên, translated by Nguyễn Thị Phương Trâm

you replace the horizon

with a scatter of hope

a flare 

sunlight

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NIRVANA AT THE BOTTOM OF THE POND – THIÊN ĐƯỜNG DƯỚI ĐÁY AO

A star fell into the bamboo bushes

mixing with fireflies in the dense darkness

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AN OLD SEASON – MÙA CŨ (2)

by Sấu Mã, translated by Nguyễn Thị Phương Trâm 

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THE SMELL OF POETRY – MÙI THƠ (10)

by Sấu Mã, translated by Nguyễn Thị Phương Trâm

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PENITENCE AFFRONT THE CHILD YET 16 (a student) – SÁM HỐI TRƯỚC TUỔI 16 CỦA HỌC TRÒ TÔI

The clouds shredded

We’re a crumbling net beneath the sky

Engulfing all that’s austere

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THE POEM HAS AN INESSENTIAL WORD “YET” – BÀI THƠ THỪA MỘT CHỮ “CHƯA” (20)

By Lê Vĩnh Tài, translated by Nguyễn Thị Phương Trâm   days months yet in slumber back to what yet is left the climb small climb yet long came home yet in yearning   yet burns a smoke first light smoke thus yet this white plume quiet yet like floating clouds I sat thus yet […]

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IT’S TWISTED, HENCE MAYBE WHY YOU COULDN’T SEE – BỊ XOẮN, NÊN CÓ THỂ BẠN KHÔNG NHÌN THẤY (18)

HUE – IN THE DIARY SO NOTED

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POETRY/THƠ

vẽ mình – self portrait (21)

in the thoughtlessness of the day
I remembered
my face
like forever I’ve seen it last

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POETRY/THƠ

Lê Vĩnh Tài | yeah the end of the year is exhausting (27)

regretting no, the one-two-failures
a swinging fist enough to shatter a face
instead, laugh loudly
this long long life, another year done

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Lê Vĩnh Tài | December we’re sobering: dear Lord (28)

following the verse, December greets its bride
their new life ran aimlessly the city
December now they remember
a smile so painful no longer hurts