Tim Wright Reviews Lê Văn Tài, Nguyễn Tôn Hiệt & Phan Quỳnh Trâm, Edited by Nguyễn Hưng Quốc and Nhã Thuyên

‘A small part in the redress of this state of affairs is a recent edition of Vagabond’s series of anthologies of poets from South East Asia. Poems of Lê Văn Tài, Nguyễn Tôn Hiệt & Phan Quỳnh Trâm is the seventh of eight in that series, and differs from each of the others in that its three featured poets are also Australian: Lê Văn Tài and Nguyễn Tôn Hiệt have lived in Australia since the early 1980s (as a part of the refugee movement that occurred at the end of the war), and Phan Quỳnh Trâm emigrated more recently. Each of the poets here is thus marked by the quintessentially modern characteristic of exile, although this comes through in the works to differing degrees and in different ways.’

read the review at:

http://cordite.org.au/reviews/wright-quoc-thuyen/

read my afterwords for the book:

https://junglepoetry.wordpress.com/2015/09/05/to-release-the-fire-inside-my-fingers/Vagabond

available here:
Poems of Lê Văn Tài, Nguyễn Tôn Hiệt & Phan Quỳnh Trâm

 

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