poem index


Lam Thi My Da

Printer-friendly version

Lam Thi My Da was born in 1949 in Le Thuy District, Quang Binh Province, Vietnam. She attended Writers’ College in Vietnam and Moscow’s Gorky University and has worked as a reporter and literary editor. She is the author of five collections of poems in Vietnam, as well as Green Rice (Northwestern University Press, 2005), translated by Martha Collins and Thuy Dinh. Widely recognized as one of Vietnam’s major poets, she is the recipient of two awards from the Vietnamese Writers’ Association and the highest honors from the National United Board of Vietnamese Literature and the Arts. She lives in Vietnam.

by this poet

They say that you, a road builder
Had such love for our country
You rushed out and waved your torch
To call the bombs down on yourself
And save the road for the troops

As my unit passed on that worn road
The bomb crater reminded us of your story
Your grave is radiant with bright-colored stones
Piled high with