Hypocrites makes a show of benevolence

A poem in Vietnamese by Lê Vĩnh Tài
Translator: Nguyễn Thị Phương Trâm
Photography: Nguyễn Thị Phương Trâm

The Strand NYC
Hypocrites makes a show of benevolence 

the morally superior are always forgiving human beings
the morally superior are always forgiving humans
the morally superior are always forgiving
the morally superior are always
the morally superior are
the morally superior
the moral
the

the flowers breaking out in a sweat trying to bloom

August 2021
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những kẻ đạo đức giả hay tỏ ra nhân hậu
những kẻ đạo đức giả hay tỏ ra nhân
những kẻ đạo đức giả hay tỏ ra
những kẻ đạo đức giả hay tỏ
những kẻ đạo đức giả hay
những kẻ đạo đức giả
những kẻ đạo đức
những kẻ đạo
những kẻ
những

những bông hoa lo nở đổ mồ hôi...


Lê Vĩnh Tài, the poet and translator born in 1966 in Buon Ma Thuot, Daklak, Vietnam. The retired doctor is still a resident of the Western Highlands and a businessman in Buon Ma Thuot.

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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