a command to w(h)ine

A poem in Vietnamese by Hoàng Xuân Sơn
Translator: Nguyễn Thị Phương Trâm
Photography: Nguyễn Thị Phương Trâm

 A  c O m m A n d  t O  w (h) I n E 

d r i n k

                        l e t  t h e  r e d  w i n e  f l o w


this blue 

blue heart


                              at the bottom

of this crazy

m e s m e r i z i n g 

                            pool of sludge

July 2021


t  Ử  u    l  Ệ n H

h ã y  u ố n g

                                t r à n                           r  ư  ợ  u   đ  ỏ


trái tim xanh

                               biết- câu- lưu- từ- độ

                   d ư ớ i

v ũ n g  l ầ y

đ i ê n

                         m ê

h o à n g  x u â n  s ơ n

18 juillet, 2021

Hoàng Xuân Sơn 

A renowned poet, born 1942, writes under various pseudonyms: Hoàng Xuân Sơn, Sử Mặc, Hoàng Hà Tỉnh, Vô Ðịnh… 

Hometown: Vỹ Dạ, Huế.

Lý Thường Kiệt Primary  

Bán Công High School and Quốc Học Huế High School

Bachelor of philosophy, and postgraduate of political science and commerce at The university of Văn Khoa Sài Gòn. 

Worked at the Ministry of Transport and Communication, a branch of the General Department of Postal Service of the Republic of Vietnam.

After 1975 worked in the Postal Office for 7 years. December 1981 settled in Montreal, Canada.

The poet’s career span from 1970 to the present day his work has been published in many literary publications. In vietnam: Văn, Chính Văn, Diễn  Ðàn, Khởi Hành, Nghiên Cứu Văn Học, Ðối Diện, Thân Hữu, Xây Dựng Nông Thôn, Ngưỡng Cửa, Nhà Văn. Outside of Vietnam: Làng Văn, Văn Học, Văn, Thế Kỷ 21, Chủ Ðề,  Sóng, Sóng Văn, Nắng Mới, Saigon Times, Hợp Lưu, Phố Văn,  Gío Văn , Canh Tân, Ði Tới, tạp chí Thơ. 

Collaborating platforms: Litviet (U.S.A), Tienve (Australia), Vanchuongviet… and the translations of his poetry into English by Nguyễn Thị Phương Trâm on SONGNGUTAITRAM.

Published work:

Viễn Phố (thơ, Việt Chiến xb 1988)

Huế Buồn Chi (thơ,93)

Lục Bát (thơ, 2005)

Ref: vanchuongviet.org

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.


      1. “ahumm, I don’t know what I just said, I just woke up. :))”

        Sounds like you had a shot of very high-quality Penfolds 🍾🥂👌😂. Or you worked really hard on those translations lol.

        By the way I actually responded to the comment you made on my blog. I don’t know if you noticed so that’s why I wanted to update you on that 💙🤟😆.

        You can see my reply here: https://aktionkilla.wordpress.com/2022/11/06/look-it-up-episode-109/comment-page-1/#comment-25696

        Liked by 2 people

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