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Poetry from Australia

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Poetry from Europe Including Rilke, Desnos, Bartolo Cattafi, and Albert Samain.

Poetry from Greece

Poetry from Lithuania

Poetry from South America including Pablo Neruda and Carilda Labra.

Poetry from the U.S.

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Poetry from Vietnam - Winter 2002


Ian BuiIan Bui was born on December 15, 1961, in Saigon. On April 30, 1975 his family was evacuated from the U.S. Embassy on one of the last helicopter flights out of Vietnam. His entire childhood was spent in a war, but he was also able to attend the Saigon Conservatory of Music and to study English after school. After resettling in Shreveport, Louisiana, he finished high school and went on to study Computer Science at Louisiana State University and graduated with double minors in English and Economics. He is currently working as a Systems Engineer in Telecommunications at Harris Corp. in Melbourne, Florida. Besides writing and translating poetry (in English and Vietnamese), he also does some singing/songwriting for pleasure and is an avid amateur photographer. He's a longtime member of the very first online Viet literary magazine Van Hoc Nghe Thuat [literally: Arts and Literature] at www.saomai.org and his photos can be seen there http://saomai.org/~vhnt/ianb/collection.htm.

Co MayCo May Born “Nguyen Phuc Dan Thanh” in Di Linh (Central Vietnam), Co May grew up in Hue. She emigrated to the Netherlands in 1992 and is currently living in Switzerland and working as a Chemical Engineer. Her poetry has appeared in the collection Lan Ban (2000) with several other authors. She is also a regular contributor to the Viet Literary magazine Van Hoc Nghe Thuat on the Internet at http://saomai.org).




Than NhienThan Nhien Born “Ton That Thien Nhan” in Hue (Central Vietnam) on January 9, 1962, Than Nhien emigrated to the US in 1990. He currently lives in Washington State and writes poetry, short stories and plays. He has two poetry collection published — Vuc & Gio (1999, with several other authors) and Da Giac (2002) from which “Fetus” was extracted. His work has appeared in numerous Vietnamese literary magazines inside and outside Vietnam, both on the Web and in traditional print medium.

Nguyen Duc SonNguyen Duc Son was one of the noted poets of the Vietnamese 60's generation. Today he has a reputation as an eccentric. He shuns civilization almost completely and lives like a hermit in the highlands of Vietnam, giving rise to the nickname “Son Nui” [“Son of the Mountains”]. Some think he's irreverent and weird. Others think he's a genius. Everyone seems to agree that his writing style is unique and his works can be exceptionally brilliant. He rarely comes to the city. He is the only person these days who dares to visit Tue Sy regularly.

Tue SyTue Sy is a Buddhist monk and a Vietnamese dissident who at one point was on death row and only was released from jail in 1998, after tremendous pressure from international groups such as Human Rights Watch, combined with the Vietnamese government's attempt to appease the US in order to obtain normal trading status which became a reality on December 11, 2002. He's a scholar and intellectual who once was Dean of Van-Hanh Buddhist University in Saigon. Although he's not technically under house arrest, Tue Sy is still under constant surveillance by the secret police.