Lê Vĩnh Tài | no. 7:11 – hat makes a good poem deserving of praise and awards?

Strong words and thoughts shared by a talented writer.


By Lê Vĩnh Tài, translation by Nguyễn Thị Phương Trâm

What makes a good poem

deserving of praise and awards?


if everyone is asking this

Who will be the one with a reply?


How many stars are there in the sky?

How many people are dying from starvation?

How many babies turned in their mother’s womb tonight?

How many goldfish

swimming in folklore a bit out of reach?


How many soldiers returned from the dead?

How many children have gone to school forgetting to bring their pencils?

How many people do not believe in the book The Winning Side?


Do you relish in the study of history?

What was the cause of the Jasmine Revolution in Egypt?

Have you ever seen the terrified ghosts in the streets?

How could all these things come to an end?


Are you aware of all the question marks at…

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