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The Watchlist: May/June 2022
By Tobias Carroll
Tobias Carroll recommends noteworthy new books translated from Tibetan, Vietnamese, Arabic, Russian, Spanish, and Croatian.
An Interview with WWB Poetry Contest Winner Nguyễn-Hoàng Quyên
By Words Without Borders
Making texts that are potentially wrong or slippery keeps me heedful of officious frames of correctness.
A Note from Contest Judge David Tomas Martinez
It was an Hunahpúan effort to choose only four poems from this extraordinarily strong pool of poems.
Learning Late Letters
By Nguyễn Hoàng Quyên
The dead don’t let us go, I say to my friend Sirius, putting my father’s letters in a drawer.
Translated from Vietnamese by the author
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Presences, Ruins, Silences: Writing from Vietnam
By Nhã Thuyên & Kaitlin Rees
Silence, among Vietnamese authors, seems to have become a compelling tradition.
Translated from Vietnamese by the author
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Endless Universe
By Bùi Ngọc Tấn
The passion and blind devotion are no longer. The ending is near.
Translated from Vietnamese by Nguyễn Hoàng Quyên
(Un)contextualizing Underground Poetry: Reimagining a Critical Community
By Nhã Thuyên
I don't want to put underground poetry into a concrete conflict with mainstream poetry.
Translated from Vietnamese by David Payne
A Chair on a Highway on a Rainy Afternoon
By P.K.
a chair standing by itself on a highway / means its life is over
Translated from Vietnamese by the author
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The Sitting Woman
By Trần Thị NgH
I had just finished reading Francoise Sagan’s Bonjour Tristesse and he had imagined me as Odile from André Maurois’ Climats.
Translated from Vietnamese by Kaitlin Rees
Fragments
By Pháp Hoan
Dissonant music lingers in the bodiless ear of the present tense
Translated from Vietnamese by Kaitlin Rees
From “Crossroads and Lampposts”
By Trần Dần
He said it was politics disguised as debauchery.
Translated from Vietnamese by David Payne
A Dream
By Dương Nghiễm Mậu
Does he know I intend to murder him?
Translated from Vietnamese by Nguyễn Hoàng Quyên
Somewhere Better Than This Place Nowhere Better Than This Place
By Nguyễn Hoàng Quyên
We have found in the deterioration of flesh and bones a spiritual liberation
Translated from Vietnamese by the author
Multilingual
Nihilism
By Nhã Thuyên
I can’t stand that one the way someone with a chronic sinus infection can’t stand abnormal shifts in weather.
Translated from Vietnamese by Kaitlin Rees
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Vi
By Kim Thuy
The realities of life in Indochina had nothing in common with those of France.
Translated from French by Sheila Fischman
Sage on the Mountain
By Đỗ Bích Thúy
She couldn’t bear living with any of her own sons or daughters.
Translated from Vietnamese by Charles Waugh & Nguyen Hung
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