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Nguyễn Lãm Thắng | A PERIOD OF GREY (1)

Nguyễn Lãm Thắng

Born August 14th, 1973, writes under many pseudonyms: Nguyễn Lãm Thắng, Lam Thuỵ, Trà Thị Kim Xuyến and as a children’s author: Nguyễn Trần Bảo Nghi, Du Lãm, Nhật Quang, Nguyễn Trần Khải Tú…
Hometown: Tịnh Đông Tây, Đại Lãnh, Đại Lộc, Quảng Nam.
Bachelor of Arts and Literature at The University of Huế, 1998.
Master in Hán-Nôm, the Faculty of Social Sciences and Humanities, The National University of Hà Nội, 2011.
Ph.D. in Linguistics, The Faculty of Science, The University of Huế, 2014.

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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Nguyễn Lãm Thắng | WITHIN THE FALLING BREATHS (35)

Upon the night path fell the crumbling breaths
The blood won’t be returning to those cold hands
I heard clearly the words spelled out via the smoky incense
I must leave soon, it was time

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Nguyễn Lãm Thắng | saigon 20h30 (34)

the haemoglobin on a stampede
pressing the phone for time
the car horns anxious
rushed the boarding
imprisoned eyes through the glass pane
the clumsy messages in one’s hands

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Nguyễn Lãm Thắng | THE SHEER NIGHT RAIN (33)

So light, yet soaked through
The rain drifting lost, parting ways, the sadness divided?
So light, yet soaked to the bone
The aching words, unspoken.

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Nguyễn Lãm Thắng | THE PORTRAIT (32)

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the broken pieces stepping on top of each other racing for the sea
the waves of fresh ruby red blood tainted with salt
the bones in fish guts
the bones in the prisons
the choking famines drowned in sweat

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Nguyễn Lãm Thắng | suspicion (30)

thoughts unfolding
watch out for the colonization of the vernacular
the sentences unfolding
watch out for the exploit of an alien language
the kiss unfolding
watch out for the guileful consensus
&
you unfolding
watch out

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Nguyễn Lãm Thắng | MUCH ADO ABOUT NOTHING (31)

Happiness can be rather tedious
Shortening one’s life it’s obvious
Endearment does not equates to love
Nor love equates to all the above

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Nguyễn Lãm Thắng | blind (29)

the woeful call of the barn-owl at the foot of the horizon upon a new day
the bitter melancholy
concealed within the blood
drawn from long ago to now
convoluted and vague
missing the point

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Nguyễn Lãm Thắng | an afternoon at the end of April by Vu Gia river (28)

I’ve witnessed the flies in swarms across the history of a nation
a nation full of cuts on its back
certainly
the scars do not form a smile
yet
last night
in a nightmare
I saw a group at a time [not sure if they were human] dancing singing atop the fluttering innocent souls
commemorating a victory

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Nguyễn Lãm Thắng | same same (27)

I took a gulp of that chill
hot in my stomach
due to the ginger
reminds me of my sweet quiet wife’s unfounded jealousy
also did make

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Nguyễn Lãm Thắng | I get to savour the morning through your eyes (26)

my return bitter in fermented ardour
of the many bewildering nights accumulating
my five fingers
firm on your shoulder
the dampness of the planets

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Nguyễn Lãm Thắng | the highland’s winter attentive to the breath of boulders (25)

I’m trapped between the copulating scent of the mountains and the light
your skirt flying full of pride
pulling me along stupefied mezmerised upside down the slippery slope

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Nguyễn Lãm Thắng | you’re as beautiful as the flow of water (24)

you’re as beautiful as the flow of water
how could I
ever keep up
knowing
you could
take me
away

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Nguyễn Lãm Thắng | the last of autumn (23)

through glances to the heart’s content we’ve kissed each other in passing
through the thoughtful minutes of still life hugged each other
through the moving sounds upon sweet lips more than any love song
as we loved to the limit of the inconvenience of the body
as we owe each other thousand and thousands of centuries

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Nguyễn Lãm Thắng | for instance us (22)

for instance
we forgetting a small piece of happiness there
to embracing an ocean of sadness

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Nguyễn Lãm Thắng | last night’s kiss (21)

last night
the mosquitoes overwhelmed by the scent of lilies matched across the verandah
they have no thought of biting
they were solemn
as we kissed each other

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Nguyễn Lãm Thắng | light is the stripped-down sound of breathing

settled upon a meadow of endless grass
the corpse of a kiss dried-up blood nostalgic of burning lips
the warmth upon a beady line of dew in love makes in the crevices of leaves
to fall upon the belly button of dawn a drop of love secretion
resounding through the hick-ups
the shiver

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Nguyễn Lãm Thắng | beyond boundlessness (19)

no power could stop the draw of a kiss
me yearning to fondle the happiness in the air
the breach within the wind
&
the friction
the endless scent of the sea
the sound of kisses leaping
rolling down your chest
you’re
in
a dream

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Nguyễn Lãm Thắng | sketches of yearning (18)

I’m curled up
freeing a yawn the scent of spider web
the sound of a gecko
the Hanoi rain
sprinkling I’m wet
a hollow statue
the hours I’m away from you
tired crumbling plaster

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Nguyễn Lãm Thắng | eyes mystified (17)

returning in vengeance from a distant sea
I tried to quiet the churning blood within
the choking sheaths of white cloth
the hole in the sky
the vessels laden with souls
grounding tires
severed tongues
sputtering of sandy soil
the red eyes
can’t you hear
the waves shrieking in perpetual tears
the vessels of recollections
me