A poem in Vietnamese by Lê Vĩnh Tài Translator: Nguyễn Thị Phương Trâm Photography: Nguyễn Thị Phương Trâm
the poem you’re coveting
you hang it up you’re caressing and admiring it you take it to bed and it is the only cause of your pain…
bạn ấp ủ nó bạn treo nó lên ngắm và vuốt ve bạn ngủ với nó và bây giờ nó là điều duy nhất làm cho bạn buồn… _____ JANUARY 2021
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.