Poetry

Moon Lute

Xuân Diệu (1916 – 1985) was a 20th- century writer whose poetry in the decade before 1945 was at the forefront of Vietnam’s Thơ Mới (New Poetry) movement, with influences from French Symbolist poets. After his death, discussion of Xuân Diệu’s homosexuality came out in the open, casting a fresh light on his poetry, long…

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Nothingness

The singer-songwriter Trịnh Công Sơn (1939-2001) left behind over 500 songs known for their lyrical take on love, war, and the human condition, with a throughline of impermanence.

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Ode to Love

Thanh Tâm Tuyền was a writer, critic, and trailblazer of Vietnam’s Free Poetry (“Thơ Tự Do”).  While he acknowledged that free poetry can be opaque (“tối tăm”), Thanh Tâm Tuyền also stated that its central tenet is to avoid explanation and justification (“tránh giảng giải phân trần”), the poem speaks for itself through images.[1] Born…

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