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


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


& lonely


What could give value to poetry

it maybe some sort of tiring




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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