Friday, June 7, 2024



H.  B R U C E    F R A N K L I N

Brooklyn, 1934 ~  2024

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36 Ways of Writing a Vietnamese Poem

 [1. Diasporic]

In English, mind You.

You dink I write Yiknamee?

Shame on You.

It was Your violence dumbed me

Smeared me, reaved me —

Your war I don't remember

And won't let You forget —

Moved me

From place and sufficiency.

From everything I didn't know

I didn't know

I would've known

You would've known.

Dis place ment

Everything to me

Before the power went

Home. Shame on me.

What do I know?

What's Vietnamese in me

Could fit in a poem.


Nam Le

36 Ways of Writing a Vietnamese Poem

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