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Green Rice: Poems by Lam Thi My Da [Paperback]

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Item description for Green Rice: Poems by Lam Thi My Da by Lam Thi My Da, Martha Collins, Dinh Thuy, Thuy Dinh, Thi My Da Lam & Inh Thuy...

When Edward Hirsch reprinted Da's "Garden Fragrance" and "Night Harvest." (from Six Vietnamese Poets) in his column in The Washington Post, he gave special praise to the simultaneous clarity and complexity of Da's poetry. Now, for the first time in English, readers can enjoy a full volume of her selected work. Many of her poems deal with her experiences during the war, but her range of themes is wide-including love, motherhood, women's issues, and the sometimes-difficult movement into -middle age.

Garden Fragrance

Last night a bomb exploded on the veranda
But sounds of birds sweeten the air this morning
I sense the fragrant trees, look in the garden
Find two silent clusters of ripe guavas

White Water Lily

Like a sudden feeling of gladness
A small white water lily appears
In a vast wind, on a deep blue lake
Only the faltering lily speaks
Clear and pure as when I lay
Lullabied in my cradle

Born in 1949 in the south central part of Viet Nam, Lam Thi My Da spent the war in Quang Binh province, near the scene of much heavy fighting. Author of five books of poetry in Vietnamese, she is widely recognized one of the Vietnam's major poets.

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Pages   148
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 0.5" Width: 5.5" Height: 8.25"
Weight:   0.5 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Feb 1, 2005
Publisher   Curbstone Press
ISBN  1931896135  
ISBN13  9781931896139  

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1Books > Subjects > History > Asia > General
2Books > Subjects > Literature & Fiction > Books & Reading > Women Writers & Feminist Theory
3Books > Subjects > Literature & Fiction > Poetry > General
4Books > Subjects > Nonfiction > Womens Studies > Women Writers

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An impressive, bi-lingual compendium of Vietnamese poetry   Aug 10, 2005
Green Rice is an impressive, bi-lingual compendium of Vietnamese poetry by Lam Thi My Da which has been ably translated into English by the team of Martha Collins and Thuy Dinh. Lam Thi My Da spent the years of the Viet Nam conflict in Quang Binh province and was near the scene of considerable heavy fighting. Her poetry reflects the costs of that war and are grounded in her intimate involvement with the Vietnamese landscape, flora, fauna, people, and events. Some of her lyrics deal with such timeless issues as love and motherhood, other verses reflect the difficult movement into middle age. All of her work showcases her undeniable talent and provide the reader with unique insights in the life of this gifted Vietnamese woman. Green Rice: Green lotus leaves wrap grilled green rice/Your heart is generous, kind/Though far away, you're in these grains/Life always has bits of sweetness//Though grown now, you're still like a child/I think of you as grains of rice/Rice so green it makes me cry/Oh innocence, gone in a moment//The rice is sweet with the scent of fields/I remember drops of my mother's milk/A grain of green rice is a mirror/Where childhood scenes rush by//Like a dragonfly drifting out of reach/Green rice, green dewdrops dissolve/Oh green rice on my tongue, I wish/You could turn me back into a child.
Such Resonance, Like Whispered Memories Among Friends  May 8, 2005
Lam Thi My Da may be a well-known poet in her native Vietnam, but this collection of her poetry, beautifully translated by
Martha Collins, should be the beginning of her literary life in the US. She is a poet of minimalist technique, writing that kind of poem that in a few words creates an atmosphere and whiplash of memory that suggests haiku without all the rules.

Though she survived the 'American War' in Vietnam and many of her poems reflect that indelible imprint on her creative mind, she has much more to say about feminist issues, natural phenomena, and the seemingly small issues of everyday occurrences.

Yet it is in her powerful 'war poems' that her work feels most committed. As in 'Bomb Crater Sky': "The name of the road is your name/Your death is a young girl's patch of blue sky/My soul is lit by your life/And my friends, who never saw you/Each has a different image of your face." Fragments of life in Vietnam now reflecting life in Vietnam under war conditions become incredibly poignant in her gifted hands. Highly recommended. Grady Harp, May 05

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