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Nhã Thuyên

Nhã Thuyên

About Nhã Thuyên

Nhã Thuyên writes, translates, edits books and sometimes organises literary events with friends. She has authored several books of poetry, short fiction and some tiny books for children. With Kaitlin Rees, she co-edits AJAR, a bilingual literary and art journal-press, an online, printed space for poetic exchange and together they co-organised the inaugural mini poetry festival in Hanoi, August, 2016. Her most recent poetry book words breathe, creatures of elsewhere (từ thở, những người lạ) was published in Vietnamese (Nha Nam Press) and in English translation by Kaitlin Rees (Vagabond Press).

Feminine Beings: A Resonance of Voices in Vietnamese Poetry

The authors I touch upon in this essay – perhaps not the female poets most in accordance with my personal taste – share a common story in which I am more or less implicated. I see their choices to write as a means of displaying a female experience, and – with a straightforwardness and sharp intentionality at every step – reject the matter of females as reflected objects. Instead, they assert their self-reflected subjecthood.

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