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I bought some Vietnamese Poetry books
« on: March 18, 2017, 10:26:32 PM »
I used the Vietrealm savings to buy two books on Amazon.  I'll be sharing the contents here when I receive the books.


One is An Anthology of Vietnamese Poems: From the Eleventh through the Twentieth Centuries.

This superb anthology brings together a thousand years of Vietnamese poems for the English-speaking world. Huynh Sanh Th“ng, widely regarded as the preeminent translator of the poetry of Vietnam, here presents more than three hundred poems by 150 poets, some celebrated, some obscure. Many of the poems are not otherwise available in English. 

The author's historical and critical introduction to Vietnamese poetry, and his abundant explanatory notes throughout the collection, assist readers in understanding and appreciating each work. Huynh observes that Vietnamese people in all walks of life compose, read, and listen to poetry; this collection of poems thus reveals much about Vietnamese language, literature, history, and culture. He has organized the poems—which range from ancient to very recent works—around nine main themes that include Vietnamese views of society, responses to foreign influences, and feelings about such universal questions as relationships between men and women, the role of art in life, and conflicts among social classes. A generous selection of twentieth-century poems represents the work of well-known poets, major political figures, and men and women of the Vietnamese diaspora after the Communist victory in 1975.



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Re: I bought Poem and Folk Music books
« Reply #1 on: March 18, 2017, 10:27:45 PM »
Second is Ca Dao Vietnam: Vietnamese Folk Poetry




During the Vietnam war, John Balaban traveled the Vietnamese countryside alone, taping, transcribing, and translating oral folk poems known as "ca dao." No one had ever done this before, and it was Balaban’s belief that his project would help end the war.

The young American poet walked up to farmers, fishermen, seamstresses, and monks and said, "Sing me your favorite poem," and they did. "Folk poetry is so much a part of everybody’s life, my request didn’t seem like such a strange proposition," Balaban writes.

The resulting collection—the first in any Western -language—became a phenomenon within the American Vietnamese community, but the book slipped out of print after the original publisher folded in the ’70s. This revised, bilingual edition includes new poems and an eloquent introduction explicating poetry’s importance in Vietnamese culture.

The Painting
The stream runs clear to its stones;
the fish swim in sharp outline.
Girl, turn your face for me to draw.
Tomorrow, if we should drift apart,
I shall find you by this picture.

"In early dynasties, Chinese emperors used to send out officials to record the poetry of the common people because folk songs were believed to be the truest indicators of popular feeling. . . . Consider this book such a sampling. Take it as a guide and enter this world of Taoist sages, parted lovers, melon gardens, concubines, exiled kings, wheeling egrets, rice paddies, bamboo bridges, shimmering moons, and fishtraps."—from the introduction

"These oral poems are direct (though not beyond slyness), simple in language, poignant. . . . Recommended for all collections."—Library Journal

John Balaban is the author of 11 books of poetry, prose, and Vietnamese translations. His Spring Essence: The Poetry of Hô Xuân Huong, has sold 20,000 copies. He lives in Raleigh, North Carolina, where he teaches at North Carolina State University.

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Re: I bought some Vietnamese Poetry books
« Reply #2 on: January 05, 2018, 06:08:28 AM »
I plan to seriously add a Vietnamese section to my home library when I buy a house.  Right now, I have most history and cook books on Vietnam related topics. Would be so cozy in the frigid winter to read Vietnamese poetry as it is like warm bun rieu for the soul.




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Re: I bought some Vietnamese Poetry books
« Reply #3 on: September 05, 2018, 05:01:03 PM »
Amazon has over 40,000 books related to Vietnam.  That is just a crazy amount of material.  This is only through my English searches.  French language has another 8,000 or so books covering a host of subjects.  Of course, Vietnamese language related publications are quite abundant as well.  With only about $200,000 library acquisition fund, I can basically stock a full library on Vietnam covering most of the humanities.  I am sure it is just a matter of time before our community comes together to build a world class Vietnamese museum with a library wing in America. 

 
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