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Mountain River : Vietnamese Poetry from the Wars, 1948-93 - Kevin Bowen

Mountain River

Vietnamese Poetry from the Wars, 1948-93

By: Kevin Bowen (Editor)

Paperback Published: 18th September 1998
ISBN: 9781558491410
Number Of Pages: 304
For Ages: 22+ years old

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This powerful and moving bilingual collection affirms the importance of poetry in the formation and perpetuation of Vietnamese national Identity. These poems testify to the centrality of war in Vietnamese history and experience over the past fifty years. Beginning thw Ho Chi Minh in the 1940s and moving forward in time to Nguyen Quang Thieu in the 1990s, the book presents significant poetry reflecting the thoughts and feeling of the major Vietnamese writers who lived through many years of war, first with the French and later with the Americans. Mountain River will serve as a valuable introductory survey of Vietnamese poetry written since World War II and as an example of the integral role of poets and poetry in Vietnamese culture.

"Translation of poetry from Vietnamese to English presents difficult problems; these translations are among the best I've ever seen. The book will appeal to scholars and teachers in the fields of Viet Nam War studies, postcolonial literary studies, and Pacific Rim studies. It could easily be used as a course text, as well as provide important material for scholars. ... A most useful and beautiful work." - Renny Christopher, author of The Viet Nam War/The American War: Images and Representations in Euro-American and Vietnamese Exile Narratives - "The quality of the translations is excellent." - Ngo Nhu Binh, Harvard University.

Introduction: The Field of Vision in Vietnamese Poetry
A Note on the Text and Translations
Full Moon in Januaryp. 3
Western Advancep. 5
The Sim Flower Lavenderp. 9
Beautiful and Loving Days Gone Byp. 13
Rememberingp. 15
Missing the Eastern Regionp. 17
Uncle Doesn't Sleep Tonightp. 19
Afternoon Rain on Routep. 23
Pham Hong Thaip. 27
The Couple of the Mountainsp. 29
Bright Starry Nightp. 35
Native Villagep. 37
Return to Tuyenp. 41
When Will You Return?p. 43
Condolence to a Friendp. 47
Bombing at Seng Phenp. 49
The Red Farewellp. 51
I Returned to My Native Villagep. 55
The Lamp Standing Guardp. 59
Emily, My Daughterp. 61
The Divisionp. 67
Drum and Firep. 71
Wavep. 73
A Garden in the Cityp. 77
Three Bulletsp. 81
Song of the Hammockp. 83
The Fire in the Lampsp. 87
Under Moonlight the Baby Singsp. 95
The Rifleman's Wordsp. 97
Deo Ngang: Crossing Passp. 103
Footprints in Elephant Grassp. 105
The Grave and the Sandalwood Treep. 107
A Sky in a Bomb Craterp. 111
O Life I Love Like My Wifep. 113
Secret Scentp. 117
The Alabaster Storkp. 119
Mountain, Riverp. 121
Lullaby for the Minority Children Growing Up on Their Mothers' Backsp. 123
Song of the Moonlight and the Dan Bop. 127
Hearing the Argument of the Small Prisonersp. 131
Stopp. 133
White Circlep. 137
Quang Trip. 139
Red Earth - Blue Waterp. 141
The Fatherp. 143
Waitingp. 145
On Hearing a Chameleon in the Cityp. 149
The Incense Smell on New Year's Evep. 153
Worried Over the Days Pastp. 155
Moonlightp. 157
In Phan Thietp. 159
Where the River Flowedp. 163
The Reposep. 165
The Space between Wordsp. 169
Sonnet for the Busp. 171
A Retired Generalp. 173
Leaving off Poetryp. 175
Poem for My Grandsonp. 177
Woman Knittingp. 179
The Bellsp. 181
After Many Missed Dates, You Finally Comep. 183
Speaking to the Heartp. 185
Come before the Rain Fallsp. 187
A Small Song of Peacep. 189
Not Just a Battlefrontp. 195
Folk Festival in the Autumn Nightp. 197
Suddenlyp. 199
In the Metrop. 201
Oh Stonep. 203
Lang Son, 1989p. 205
The Co May Flowerp. 207
Wind and Widowp. 209
New Year's Evep. 211
Poem of a Gardenp. 213
A Halfp. 217
In the Labor Market at Giang Vop. 219
At 59 Ba Trieu Streetp. 221
To Return to the Urges Unconscious of Their Beginningp. 223
The Examplesp. 225
Selected Bibliographyp. 227
Notes on the Poetsp. 231
Index of Authors and Poemsp. 263
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ISBN: 9781558491410
ISBN-10: 1558491414
Audience: Professional
For Ages: 22+ years old
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 304
Published: 18th September 1998
Publisher: University of Massachusetts Press
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 23.0 x 14.61  x 2.54
Weight (kg): 0.4