THE WRITERS POST - Nguyen Tat Do

 

 

 

THE WRITERS POST

(ISSN: 1527-5467)
the magazine of Literature & Literature-in-translation.

VOLUME 11 NUMBER 1

JAN 2009

 

NGUYEN TAT DO

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two poems by NGUYEN TAT DO

translated by Tran Vu Lien Tam

 

 

 

The black mark and a piece of paper


I make a black mark on a piece
of paper. A black mark on a
white sheet. I bring it to ask people.
Some say a black mark. Some say one
sheet of white paper. I would say:
"One sheet of white paper has a
black mark." Again, I make a black

mark on a piece of black paper.
I bring it to ask people. Everyone
says a black paper. Perhaps
because no one sees the black mark.
A black mark on a black piece of paper
is hard to see! But only I
know for sure on the sheet of black
paper there's a black mark. Again, I .

 

 

Two sentences

 

I pick up a poetry line on

the sidewalk, on the hot sweet-rice

bundle, which the old woman

just gave away to the beggar,

on the pushing cart she owns I

see a small sign that says,

1 thousand / bundle

 

I pick up a poetry line in

a restaurant, on the Crab King

dish, which a wealthy man just ordered

to please the young woman dressed

like a hooker, the menu has

the price, 1 million 5 hundred thousands.

 

I put together those two sentences
to make a New Formalism poem
and I write behind the words that
are visible here, whoever can

read shall read!

 

  Note:

*Vietnamese monetary transaction: 1 Thousand is equivalent  to US$ 0.15 

    1 million and 500 thousands is equal to US$ 100. 00  

 

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VOLUME 11 ISSUE 1 JAN 2009

 

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