THE WRITERS POST

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

VOLUME 7 NUMBER 2

JUL 2005

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

NGUYEN DANG THUONG

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poems by NGUYEN DANG THUONG

 

translated by Do Vinh

 

 

 

CORPSE

 

i don't write poetry because i am sad: i am sad

because i write poetry - with me, once

a poem has been written it is a corpse and

to publish it is to mummify - the poet - but

i am a murderer of words a mass

murderer of verses - the poet has left his ivory

tower and entered the desert - there is no corner

left anymore for the poet to come

and go - so why do i still write poetry? - am i

like sisyphus rolling the stone? -

name: not yet - date and place of birth:

anytime and anywhere.

 

 

JUST CHATTING

 

if i had to choose between man and

god i would choose satan if i had to choose

between a boat without a port and

a drunken boat i would choose a paper sail

if you must choose between wolves and dogs

please choose roast pig

 

TRANSLATED BY DO VINH

 

 

 

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VOLUME 7 ISSUE 2 JULY 2005

 

Editorial note: Works published in this issue are simultaneously published in the printed Wordbridge magazine (ISSN: 1540-1723).

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