poetry did, in a hotel slept with a man

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

poetry did

in a hotel slept


a man

and poetry knew

he would


love poetry…


điều liều lĩnh

mà thơ đã từng làm

là ngủ trong khách sạn


một chàng

mà thơ biết

chàng không

bao giờ

yêu thơ…


December 2019

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.


  1. Right sleeping seems to be meant in a figurative sense like “staying with” or “being with”. But in the photo, it looks like you were literally about to sleep or woke up from sleeping haha

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