writing poetry is like splitting wood

A poem in Vietnamese by Lê Vĩnh Tài
Translators: Nguyễn Thị Phương Trâm & Viet Pham
Art: Trần Băng Khuê

làm thơ như bửa củi
nhưng mà củi không đau
đến khi củi bật lại
thì thơ chảy máu đầu
writing poetry is like splitting wood
but it doesn’t hurt the wood as it should
until the chips come flying
splitting head and poetry is crying

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.

Viet Pham, the translator from Vietnam is currently living in Canada.

By Nguyễn Thị Phương Trâm

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

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