Distant Road: Selected Poems of Nguyen Duy

Distant Road: Selected Poems of Nguyen Duy

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Overview

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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781880684610
Publisher: Northwestern University Press
Publication date: 09/28/1999
Series: Curbstone Press Contemporary Poets Series
Pages: 260
Product dimensions: 5.40(w) x 8.50(h) x 1.20(d)

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 1973
Longing
The Bamboo of Vietnam
Square Sky
Red Earth—Blue Water

Truong Son Notes 1975
The Fathers

Mother And You 1987
The A-Shaped Shelter
The Warmth of the Straw Sleeping Place
The Home Fires
A Few Questions
Missing a Friend
On Hearing a Chameleon in the City
Moonlight
Lullaby for the Soldiers
Rain In Sunlight, Sunlight In Rain
Pausing Cloud
Da Lat in the Moonlight
Wake, Wake Our Sleeping Potentials
Thao  River
Do Len
The Father's Bridge
A Song for Mother . . .
An Afternoon Moment in Hanoi
To Lam Son with Love
In Memoriam
Suddenly 

Panning for Gold 1987
Stop

Moonlight 1987
The Old Man in The South

Distant Road 1989
Meeting a Young Soldier
Forest and Street
A Touch of Autumn
A Small Song of Peace
I Will Wait till the Summer Comes
Before the Statue at Kiev
Goodbye to A-Re-Kho-Vo
Distant Road
Our Nation . . . from a Distance

The Gift 1990
Poem Dedicated to a Beggar
The Morning after the War Was Over
Cham Tower
Selling Gold
Ten Years Counted Off on Fingers
Experience . . . 
Return to the Village
Lang Son, 1989
Oh Stone

Return 1994
Wife, Dear
Sand Obsession
Offering My Wife a Drink
Fall and Find
Subsidized Poetry
Metal, Wood, Earth, Water, Fire
New Year Fireworks
Two-Liners
Ghost
Recant
Silk
White
Wrap
Poet A
Poet B
Poet C
Poet D
Poet E
Poet F
Back to the Field
Tobacco for the Water Pipe
Hau Plum Evening
Thieu Lichi
The Longan's Eyes
The Custard Apple's Eyes

Dust Poems 1996
Song of Adventure
Six-Eight Feet across America
Texas, 6/16/1995
Boston, 6/21/1995
New York, 7/7/1995
Washington, 7/12/1995
Hollywood, 7/21/1995
San Diego, 7/28/1995
Bolsa, 7/30/1995
San Jose, 8/3/1995
San Francisco, 8/5/1995
Orange County, 8/9/1995
Mirage
Washington Obsession
The Bull Fight
Dare
Shelter in Shadow
The Corpse of Time
Innocence
Song for the Separation
That Sweetness
Debt
Real and True
Ship Launching
O My People!

Uncollected Poems
To the Vietnamese Living in Foreign Lands
Fire!
Note on the Translations

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