the leaning tower

A poem in Vietnamese by Lê Vĩnh Tài
Translator: Nguyễn Thị Phương Trâm
Art: Trần Băng Khuê

the leaning tower

possibly the inspiration for millions of poems

straight up


you must note the moment

the poem is leaning


it’s when the poem expires

tries to lean in

tries to further extend its appeal


April 2019


tháp nghiêng
có thể là cảm hứng cho một triệu bài thơ
đứng thẳng
bạn hãy chú ý
nếu bài thơ bị nghiêng
vì lúc đó bài thơ bị hết hạn
nó cố nghiêng
cho thêm phần lãng mạn

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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