Lê Vĩnh Tài | no. 5:14 – The death of poetry hopefully will not be an accident

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By Lê Vĩnh Tài, translation by Nguyễn Thị Phương Trâm

The death of poetry hopefully

will not be an accident

an explosion ignited a fire in poetry

broke poetry

.

poetry will give up the simple happiness

like food and clothing

in the arts poetry’s proud and fully aware that

the death of poetry will not be self inflicted

.

in reality, poetry’s always humble

poetry finds consolation in attending conventions

that is poetry have not been abandoned

sad

& lonely

.

What could give value to poetry

it maybe some sort of tiring

exclusion?

.

whatever 

as long as it’s not the death of poetry

.

finally, poetry is the reason

for the struggle

against a sickness

more lawless than copyright infringement

people’s contagious act of madness

a cover up for their fear

.

if one must die

poetry will die in our gallantry 

allowed to flower and produce…

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