Surpassing the impossible

I’ve been so busy editing, I forgot to check, my blog in the middle of August have surpassed last year’s views. It is a wonderful feeling when one could see visibly that such incredible art and literature have been shared and enjoyed by not just me but many. My decision to delete the old clumsily put together website after much thought was a sound decision.

Some say, I’m the only person who can do this, this is not true. What is true to the fact is that, if I can do it, so can you. Anyone can do what I do. I blindly stumbled onto everything, into building a blog, into writing, into translating. Failure is eminent on any new venture. My biggest competitor is me, we are all our own biggest critic.

Great literature is out there, you just need to be patient. I have learned from the best, Lê Vĩnh Tài is not only a great poet, he is also a great writer. The boundless amount of poetry and short stories left me spoiled. There’s so much to learn, and so little time.

I have of course ventured into other authors’ work, but it has never left me with a sense of completion as it has with LVT poetry or writing. The simplest way to explain this logically is the rhythm in poetry or music, I happen to share the way LVT compose.

In the end, like my oddly strange atheist son have said – there’s no such thing as fate, we, as human beings like to romanticise everything so we can get a sense of purpose, so we can have our faith, so we could continue to hope. It’s just statistics mum, if you are looking for poetry, you look for them amongst poets, there you will find what you want. Social media have made it much easier.

Wisdom for me is not far from home.


August 29th, 2022.

Nguyễn Thị Phương Trâm, the blogger, poet, and translator, was born in 1971 in Phu Nhuan, Saigon, Vietnam. The pharmacist currently lives and works in Western Sydney, Australia.

By Nguyễn Thị Phương Trâm

There's magic in translating a body of work from one language to another.


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