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PHOTOGRAPHY POETRY/THƠ

Hoàng Xuân Sơn | L e A n ing s T ars (13)

Listen to the sea afternoon
drag away with it the memories
the footprints on the sand
the pits left behind by bombs in the forest
the pools full of tears
the fresh mud and devastation

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POETRY/THƠ

Lê Vĩnh Tài | The book of poems (267)

we’ve both reserved
endlessly the fear
like an explosion reversed in old batteries
the empty holes and calls after that
daunting
every time there was a
beep beep

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EDITORIAL

Nguyễn Thị Phương Trâm | Learning a new language – Học một ngôn ngữ mới (139)

Bạn thích, bạn yêu, thì thế giới này là của bạn./

If you enjoy it, love it, then the world is your oyster.

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POETRY/THƠ

Lê Vĩnh Tài | the light dawned on your face (263)

you write
in the creation of a world on fire
hence the further hardship in poetry
more glory in the palm of your hand
the words swell upon your command

you write encryption on the rocks
often rather complicated
the vows
of a nation

you polished
the written words
with your agonizing sweat

write with all that is within your grasp
so much so the hairs on your skin would curl up
along with the thoughts in your head

write
the impossible
drill a hole through this
Godforsaken life…

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POETRY/THƠ

Lê Vĩnh Tài | as black as the ink, inside the insides of a pen (263)

By Lê Vĩnh Tài, translated by Nguyễn Thị Phương Trâm Right or wrong Short or long Dark or light You write You can’t deny I have but a dream Last night A cloud of bats in flight Upside down side up right Dropped The viruses As black as the ink Inside the insides of a […]

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PHOTOGRAPHY POETRY/THƠ

Hoàng Xuân Sơn | A D D I C T E D (12)

I’m addicted to kopi luwak, the civet morning droppings
[ imagined that, sounds great doesn’t it ]
what money, let alone Asian palm civet
dear god. so are the days of our lives
picking up the pieces
Saigon’s fresh dew
at the 5th and 7th intersection
now besides the massacred trees
the tall looming buildings squashing the tiny shop fronts, toadstools on the pavement

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PHOTOGRAPHY POETRY/THƠ

Vũ Trọng Quang | THE WORDS AND POETRY (12)

words is a flash of light
poetry is the startling gunshot
through a strangely difficult crowd
as you stand there like a full stop amidst this world
viewable only if so wholeheartedly

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PHOTOGRAPHY POETRY/THƠ

Hoàng Xuân Sơn | A n A p r i l a f t e r n o o n (11)

to each corner of the world the resignation
the faces
the wandering souls(since)
the consuming reflections
our thoughtful journey
don’t forget
the mist
asleep beneath the afternoon
shall awaken the moon
more or less
by the roots
of one’s hair

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POETRY/THƠ

Lê Vĩnh Tài | CORONA, THE YEAR 2030 (160)

the wind is but a warning
so our heart may be restored
in each other’s hand
not a need to wash them

to hold her
dry her tears
the gone ten years

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POETRY/THƠ

Joe Sherman | DIANA

Diana là một ca khúc phổ thông viết bởi Joe Sherman và Paul Anka năm 1957, thu thanh lần đầu cùng năm bởi Paul Anka tại New York city. Ca khúc này được xếp hạng cao từ lúc thành hình và vẫn còn thịnh hành trong lĩnh vực trình diễn cho đến ngày hôm nay nhờ nhạc điệu, tiết tấu vui nhộn (Twist) với ca từ bình dân, giản dị.
Người chuyển ngữ ca khúc này sang tiếng Việt xin được liên tưởng đến một nhân vật thời thượng cùng tên (đã khuất), có nhiều huyền thoại vây quanh: Lady Di, Diana, Princess of Wales . . .

Với lời lẽ ca cẩm hơi vui tếu một chút:

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POETRY/THƠ

Lê Vĩnh Tài | you made the mistake (252)

none amongst us
can change
the world, when it denies you
to
the very end

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POETRY/THƠ

Hoàng Xuân Sơn | A F I E L D B L E A C H E D W H I T E I N S P R I N G (10)

you won’t be able to hear the tinkling sound of music
rinse and dry
adding salt to the wound
the fire high at its peaking
level of dire straits

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POETRY/THƠ

Lê Vĩnh Tài | OUR SENSITIVE NATURE – MIGHT – PRIDE (245)

I regard you with contempt as you continue to love them

I’m sorry if I’ve hurt you
but my love
in order to be whole again
you must forgive yourself
and learn how to love those
people who have put us down

by letting go
as though
we had long ago lost our way

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POETRY/THƠ

Lê Vĩnh Tài | you saw the beauty of the young woman (246)

through the crude naked
fist of a man

he’s like a spectre that appears just before dusk

you could hear the fragile echo
of beauty
of a hundred years
crumbling

the altars, the stupas
looming proudly
a land of a thousand temples
in retribution

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POETRY/THƠ

Hoàng Xuân Sơn | t h e   j o u r n a l (9)

I received not a word of kindness from anyone
the suspicion in where are you going
the chill of the cold shoulder steadily seeping sound
between those dogging each other at the border
the pain and devastation
me questioning even the heart of a child
when there’s nothing left but adamant darkness

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POETRY/THƠ

Hoàng Xuân Sơn | a shattering month. reading c a o x u â n h u y (6,7,8)

After seventy five. A father from the North came to see, and visit a son in prison

Father: How did you end up as such a despicable soldier, a puppet?

Son: It’s a new world father, now you can separate the thugs?!

Full stop.

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POETRY/THƠ

Nguyễn Thị Phương Trâm | Trên bờ vực của cái chết – Upon the precipice of death (91)

tôi là người ích kỷ
duy tâm
tôi không thể nhìn thấy gì
nhưng độ cong của đường chân trời
rực rỡ như sự rạng rỡ của bạn

I can see nothing
but the curvature of the glowing horizon
the dawning of you.

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ART POETRY/THƠ

Đình Nguyên | Spring is in the air (23)

Your heart
trimmed in snowflakes
imprinted
speckled

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POETRY/THƠ

Đình Nguyên | Holding on (24)

January light viewed through a foreigner’s eyes
How many could attain such intimate moments
Rolling out the endlessly vast separation
Trapping our soul in earnest yearning each spring

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ART POETRY/THƠ

Đinh Trường Chinh | I came across (29)

I came across
quickly across
someone’s shadow
frozen solid on the ground
a shadow
not mine.