Thanh Tâm Tuyền | THE DEFINITION OF A GOOD POEM (15)


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By Thanh Tâm Tuyền, translation by Nguyễn Thị Phương Trâm

 

THE DEFINITION OF A GOOD POEM

 

more than one kind of hellish raven

the white shroud the anxious fingers closing the eyes(of the dead)

lose it when the afternoon is upon the sky

life rounded like a rice bubble

the third season of the year trickling milk

fortunate like when the sharp keys concurs in a poem 

 

the needed addition of syllogism

people must die

if you’re human then you must die

a notice

children, be still your heart dear love

the continual sanctified journey by the bloodline

 

the completion of how many pieces of work

before the single conclusion 

my work will be my final goodbye to everyone

 

a good verse is as good as one’s word

a good poem is the death at the end

 

farewell to the bed the table the…

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