Widely considered the most important poet of his generation, Duy began his career as a writer on the battlefields of Vietnam. The power of his highly-crafted poetry stems from its distinct sense of time and place, his unrelenting honesty, and his deep compassion. Born into a peasant family, Duy captures the essence of village life in his poetry. Whether it is love, family, war, present or lost friends, or his own self-mockery, his poetry is infused with an understanding of hardship and suffering. Many of his love poems have become classics in Vietnam.
About the Author
Nguyen Duy's given name is Nguyen Duy Nhue. He left the army in 1976 and worked for the newspaper Van Nghe Giai Phong (Liberation Literature and Arts). Since 1977, he has been the representative of Van Nghe in the South.
Table of Contents
Introduction: Between Banks of Truth and Untruth
White Sand 1973LongingThe Bamboo of VietnamSquare SkyRed EarthBlue Water
Truong Son Notes 1975The Fathers
Mother And You 1987The A-Shaped ShelterThe Warmth of the Straw Sleeping PlaceThe Home FiresA Few QuestionsMissing a FriendOn Hearing a Chameleon in the CityMoonlightLullaby for the SoldiersRain In Sunlight, Sunlight In RainPausing CloudDa Lat in the MoonlightWake, Wake Our Sleeping PotentialsThao RiverDo LenThe Father's BridgeA Song for Mother . . .An Afternoon Moment in HanoiTo Lam Son with LoveIn MemoriamSuddenly
Panning for Gold 1987Stop
Moonlight 1987The Old Man in The South
Distant Road 1989Meeting a Young SoldierForest and StreetA Touch of AutumnA Small Song of PeaceI Will Wait till the Summer ComesBefore the Statue at KievGoodbye to A-Re-Kho-VoDistant RoadOur Nation . . . from a Distance
The Gift 1990Poem Dedicated to a BeggarThe Morning after the War Was OverCham TowerSelling GoldTen Years Counted Off on FingersExperience . . . Return to the VillageLang Son, 1989Oh Stone
Return 1994Wife, DearSand ObsessionOffering My Wife a DrinkFall and FindSubsidized PoetryMetal, Wood, Earth, Water, FireNew Year FireworksTwo-LinersGhostRecantSilkWhiteWrapPoet APoet BPoet CPoet DPoet EPoet FBack to the FieldTobacco for the Water PipeHau Plum EveningThieu LichiThe Longan's EyesThe Custard Apple's Eyes
Dust Poems 1996Song of AdventureSix-Eight Feet across AmericaTexas, 6/16/1995Boston, 6/21/1995New York, 7/7/1995Washington, 7/12/1995Hollywood, 7/21/1995San Diego, 7/28/1995Bolsa, 7/30/1995San Jose, 8/3/1995San Francisco, 8/5/1995Orange County, 8/9/1995MirageWashington ObsessionThe Bull FightDareShelter in ShadowThe Corpse of TimeInnocenceSong for the SeparationThat SweetnessDebtReal and TrueShip LaunchingO My People!
Uncollected PoemsTo the Vietnamese Living in Foreign LandsFire!Note on the Translations