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

The Sun atop silent

Burning fretful 

The coming days

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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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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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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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THE CRACK – VẾT NỨT (32)

By Nguyễn Văn Thiện, translated by Nguyễn Thị Phương Trâm You’re cracking, I’m also cracking open, slowly every day, every hour, did you know that? A million-dollar highway just completed, about a metre thick, full of gravel and cement, but cracking already after one night. Let alone you and me, the making of flesh and […]

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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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LEAVING – RA ĐI (5)

by Sấu Mã, translated by Nguyễn Thị Phương Trâm

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THE ORIGIN – MẪU GỐC (9)

by Sấu Mã, translated by Nguyễn Thị Phương Trâm

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THE NET – GIÃY LƯỚI (8)

by Sấu Mã, translation by Nguyễn Thị Phương Trâm

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LISTENING – LẮNG NGHE (6)

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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vẽ mình – self portrait (21)

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