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An anthology that attests to the power of art to transform the trauma of war. This powerful and moving bilingual collection affirms the importance of poetry in the formation and perpetuation of Vietnamese national identity. A valuable survey of Vietnamese poetry written since World War II.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781558491403
  • Publisher: University of Massachusetts Press
  • Publication date: 9/18/1998
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 304
  • Product dimensions: 5.74 (w) x 9.22 (h) x 1.08 (d)

Table of Contents

Introduction: The Field of Vision in Vietnamese Poetry
A Note on the Text and Translations
Full Moon in January 3
Western Advance 5
The Sim Flower Lavender 9
Beautiful and Loving Days Gone By 13
Remembering 15
Missing the Eastern Region 17
Uncle Doesn't Sleep Tonight 19
Afternoon Rain on Route 23
Pham Hong Thai 27
The Couple of the Mountains 29
Bright Starry Night 35
Native Village 37
Return to Tuyen 41
When Will You Return? 43
Condolence to a Friend 47
Bombing at Seng Phen 49
The Red Farewell 51
I Returned to My Native Village 55
The Lamp Standing Guard 59
Emily, My Daughter 61
The Division 67
Drum and Fire 71
Wave 73
A Garden in the City 77
Three Bullets 81
Song of the Hammock 83
The Fire in the Lamps 87
Under Moonlight the Baby Sings 95
The Rifleman's Words 97
Deo Ngang: Crossing Pass 103
Footprints in Elephant Grass 105
The Grave and the Sandalwood Tree 107
A Sky in a Bomb Crater 111
O Life I Love Like My Wife 113
Secret Scent 117
The Alabaster Stork 119
Mountain, River 121
Lullaby for the Minority Children Growing Up on Their Mothers' Backs 123
Song of the Moonlight and the Dan Bo 127
Hearing the Argument of the Small Prisoners 131
Stop 133
White Circle 137
Quang Tri 139
Red Earth - Blue Water 141
The Father 143
Waiting 145
On Hearing a Chameleon in the City 149
The Incense Smell on New Year's Eve 153
Worried Over the Days Past 155
Moonlight 157
In Phan Thiet 159
Where the River Flowed 163
The Repose 165
The Space between Words 169
Sonnet for the Bus 171
A Retired General 173
Leaving off Poetry 175
Poem for My Grandson 177
Woman Knitting 179
The Bells 181
After Many Missed Dates, You Finally Come 183
Speaking to the Heart 185
Come before the Rain Falls 187
A Small Song of Peace 189
Not Just a Battlefront 195
Folk Festival in the Autumn Night 197
Suddenly 199
In the Metro 201
Oh Stone 203
Lang Son, 1989 205
The Co May Flower 207
Wind and Widow 209
New Year's Eve 211
Poem of a Garden 213
A Half 217
In the Labor Market at Giang Vo 219
At 59 Ba Trieu Street 221
To Return to the Urges Unconscious of Their Beginning 223
The Examples 225
Selected Bibliography 227
Notes on the Poets 231
Index of Authors and Poems 263
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