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By Nguyen Phan Que Mai
Translated from the Vietnamese by means of Bruce Weigl and Nguyen Phan Que Mai
Nguyen Phan Que Mai is without doubt one of the most enjoyable writers to emerge from post-war Vietnam. Bruce Weigl, pushed by means of his own reports as a soldier in the course of the battle in Vietnam, has spent the previous twenty years translating modern Vietnamese poetry. those penetrating poems, released in bilingual English and Vietnamese, construct new bridges among cultures sure jointly by means of warfare and destruction. The mystery of Hoa Sen, Que Mai's first full-length U.S. ebook, shines with craft, paintings, and deeply felt humanity.
I move the Lam River to come back to my homeland
where my mom embraces my grandmother's tomb within the rain,
the soil of Nghe An so dry the rice crops grasp to rocks.
My mom chews dry corn; hungry, she attempts to forget.
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