Life, Poetry, and Prison =: Cuoc Song, Thi Van, Va Tu Ay
Poems from the period of 1958 1979 when Nguyen Chi Thien, the author, was imprisoned in Communist Vietnam for fifteen years for the offense of writing poetry against the regime The manuscript was brought to the British Embassy on July 16, 1979, during a brief period of release The author denied asylum was arrested outside the gate and spent the next twelve years in pPoems from the period of 1958 1979 when Nguyen Chi Thien, the author, was imprisoned in Communist Vietnam for fifteen years for the offense of writing poetry against the regime The manuscript was brought to the British Embassy on July 16, 1979, during a brief period of release The author denied asylum was arrested outside the gate and spent the next twelve years in prison, eight of them in solitary darkness First published anonymously in the Vietnamese language press in the United States, translations began as early as 1982 These English translations appeared in 1984 in a self published book, The Will of a Vietnamese, by Nguyen Thi, who was then a university student Meeting the author in 2006, Nguyen Thi now an educator at a Vietnamese language school in San Jose and Nguyen Chi Thien collaborated on revising 35 of the poems into bilingual format A final poem, written in 1996 after the author emigrated to the United States was translated for this edition It is the only edition that it appears in translation The poem, The Beauty on Earth tells of the love and longing of young men in prisons which were called re education camps by Ho Chi Minh for freedom represented by a photograph of a beautiful young girl After the Communists invaded South Vietnam in 1975, many left the new country, now unified in the single name Vietnam The poem tells of the beauty on earth the young South Vietnamese women who flew away and took root in the American soil, the European sky Due to international pressure led by Amnesty International and Human Rights Watch, the poet Nguyen Chi Thien, nearly dead, was released in 1991 He emigrated to the United States and met the young girl who had been in the photograph of her father that he had seen in prison When the girl, now a woman, asked the poet to write something for her father, his prison companion, he wrote of the vision of her that kept the young men alive with the hope that someday they might find the beauty on earth that she personified All the poems depict prison life and the void of missing family Starvation, a deliberate policy of the Communist gulag throughout Europe and Asia, is a recurrent theme These poems are designed to be read aloud in both languages and assist in ESL learning as well as cultural grounding in Vietnamese.
Life Poetry and Prison Cuoc Song Thi Van Va Tu Ay Poems from the period of when Nguyen Chi Thien the author was imprisoned in Communist Vietnam for fifteen years for the offense of writing poetry against the regime The manuscript was brou
Title: Life, Poetry, and Prison =: Cuoc Song, Thi Van, Va Tu Ay
Author: Nguyễn Chí Thiện Nguyen Thi
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