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Three Translated Nguyễn Man Nhiên Poems

Nguyễn Man Nhiên (1956 —) was born in Nha Trang, Vietnam. He has published a number of poetry and essay collections within Vietnam, as well as with the literary magazines.

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Back, to the basics

The hills have receded so was the attrition war You hold in cup of hands what remains listening to a sign the visuals may betray soil then, gritty a flinty snuggling feel of a rock can’t hide curves, smoothness, fine …

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On the Site of the Old YMCA

Like a bullfinch, after his cadenza, you stick your head out, to the open air today the trailing straggling train of vowels I like the undertows of contrabass before the sun works the crowds in coats, in harness, the single …

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Reclaimed Land: Australian Urbanisation and Poetry

In the late 1850s, Charles Harpur composed the image of ‘a scanty vine,/ Trailing along some backyard wall’ (‘A Coast View’). It might be forgettable, save for its conspicuousness in Harpur’s bush-obsessed poetry. Whether purple ranges or groaning sea-cliffs, his poems cleave to a more-than-human continent. The scanty vine, however, clings to a different surface: human-made – the craft of a drystone wall, perhaps, or wire strung through posts like the twist of the poetic line – it signals domestic land division. Harpur’s vine of words trails along the vertical edifice of settlement.

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Jennifer Mackenzie Reviews Asia Pacific Writing Series Books 1-4

Vagabond AP SeriesVagabond Press has recently issued four attractively presented volumes of poetry from the Asia Pacific region. Each contains the work of three poets and represents China, Japan, Vi-etnam and the Philippines, respectively.

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Asian-Australian Diasporic Poets: A Commentary

Diaspora Bell“This essay provides a survey of the poetry of some Asian Australian poets, and does not attempt to be definitive. Diasporic poetics raise more questions than they answer and are just as much about dis-placement as about place, just as much about a ‘poetics of uncertainty’ as about certainties of style/nation/identity.”

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