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The poems in Black Dog, Black Night highlight an aspect of Vietnamese verse previously unfamiliar to American readers: its remarkable contemporary voices. Celebrating Vietnam’s diverse and thriving literary culture, the poems collected here combine elements of French Romanticism, Russian Expressionism, American Modernism, and native folk stories into a Vietnamese poetic tr The poems in Black Dog, Black Night highlight an aspect of Vietnamese verse previously unfamiliar to American readers: its remarkable contemporary voices. Celebrating Vietnam’s diverse and thriving literary culture, the poems collected here combine elements of French Romanticism, Russian Expressionism, American Modernism, and native folk stories into a Vietnamese poetic tradition marked by vivid imagery, powerful emotions, and inventive forms. Included here are 17 postmodern and experimental Vietnamese poets, including the founding editor of Skanky Possum magazine, as well as American poets of Vietnamese descent.


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The poems in Black Dog, Black Night highlight an aspect of Vietnamese verse previously unfamiliar to American readers: its remarkable contemporary voices. Celebrating Vietnam’s diverse and thriving literary culture, the poems collected here combine elements of French Romanticism, Russian Expressionism, American Modernism, and native folk stories into a Vietnamese poetic tr The poems in Black Dog, Black Night highlight an aspect of Vietnamese verse previously unfamiliar to American readers: its remarkable contemporary voices. Celebrating Vietnam’s diverse and thriving literary culture, the poems collected here combine elements of French Romanticism, Russian Expressionism, American Modernism, and native folk stories into a Vietnamese poetic tradition marked by vivid imagery, powerful emotions, and inventive forms. Included here are 17 postmodern and experimental Vietnamese poets, including the founding editor of Skanky Possum magazine, as well as American poets of Vietnamese descent.

43 review for Black Dog, Black Night: Contemporary Vietnamese Poetry

  1. 5 out of 5

    Kier Scrivener

    I began this gorgeous collection of translated contemporary poetry in May of 2019 and was immediately in tears. I carried it with me, all summer, returning it every nine weeks as the library required Each time flipping open to the first poem The Purple Colour of Sim Flowers and rereading the words by Huu Loan that made me weep on a rainy forest evening three brothers in the northeast battle heard news of their sister's death before news of her wedding I have countless lines and full poems transcribed I began this gorgeous collection of translated contemporary poetry in May of 2019 and was immediately in tears. I carried it with me, all summer, returning it every nine weeks as the library required Each time flipping open to the first poem The Purple Colour of Sim Flowers and rereading the words by Huu Loan that made me weep on a rainy forest evening three brothers in the northeast battle heard news of their sister's death before news of her wedding I have countless lines and full poems transcribed in various notebooks, apps and videos. I had dedicated threads in an old computer and phone with poignant lines that are now lost. But even if I still could gather every note taken, I don't think I could capture what this book holds for me Two years is a long time. It has crossed the province in several directions, joined me in waiting rooms of doctor offices and lobbies of social services and started numerous conversations and gave me a window into twentith century Vietnam and into emotions that are universal I have lost much by reading the poems separated but I have also memorized sections by reading them again and again. — my father's body is a map a record of his journey he carries a bullet lodged in his thigh there is a hollow where it entered a protruding bump where it sleeps the doctors say it will never awaken it is the one souvenir he insists on keeping mother has her own opinions bô cua con điên — your father is crazy – I love Hanoi even though it's empty without you - the past generation has gone by ways various and new – i've located you to a letter of the alphabet do not think it wrong of me it is by no means a reduction of your being this is done only so i may address you free of inhibitions found in a name I read it over two years, lending it from the library over ten times and coming back and again to these beautiful, nuanced and diverse poems. As with any anthology not all authors were a hit but most were

  2. 5 out of 5

    Pamela Scott

    https://thebookloversboudoir.wordpres... I’d never heard of any of the poets before. I decided to read this anthology because I like the cover and I wanted to read something a little different outside my comfort zone. I didn’t even know there was such a thing as Vietnamese verse. Consider me better informed. What impressed be about this collection is how diverse and different the poems are. Many deal with similar themes but the styles used are rich and varied. All of the poems used vivid imagery https://thebookloversboudoir.wordpres... I’d never heard of any of the poets before. I decided to read this anthology because I like the cover and I wanted to read something a little different outside my comfort zone. I didn’t even know there was such a thing as Vietnamese verse. Consider me better informed. What impressed be about this collection is how diverse and different the poems are. Many deal with similar themes but the styles used are rich and varied. All of the poems used vivid imagery and the same themes crop up again and again including war and cultural identity. I was impressed with this collection and discovered a bunch of new poets to explore more. The best poems were The Purple Colour of Sim Flowers by Huu Loan, Your Face by Van Cao, I Live in Quan Ho Circle by Hoang Cam, From The New Horizon (I) by Dang Dinh Hung, A Dog of Stone by Hoang Hung and My Mother’s Garden by Nguyen Khoa Diem.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Leonard

    A wonderful collection of poetry by Vietnamese writers. Strong and subtle.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Paul

    I'm glad that GoodReads has listed this book under the authorship of Nguyen Do. As its co-editor/translator, I'm now free to admire it on this site. Featuring 17 Vietnamese poets and 4 Vietnamese Americans (Linh Dinh, Hoa Nguyen, Truong Tran, and Mong-Lan), it reveals a modernist side of Vietnamese poetry that had been suppressed in Vietnam for many years. Other outstanding poets include Hoang Hung, Dang Dinh Hung, Thanh Thao, Y Nhi, Nguyen Duy, Nhat Le, and Tran Dan, who took the full brunt of I'm glad that GoodReads has listed this book under the authorship of Nguyen Do. As its co-editor/translator, I'm now free to admire it on this site. Featuring 17 Vietnamese poets and 4 Vietnamese Americans (Linh Dinh, Hoa Nguyen, Truong Tran, and Mong-Lan), it reveals a modernist side of Vietnamese poetry that had been suppressed in Vietnam for many years. Other outstanding poets include Hoang Hung, Dang Dinh Hung, Thanh Thao, Y Nhi, Nguyen Duy, Nhat Le, and Tran Dan, who took the full brunt of censorship in the 1950s, at the time of the notorious Nhan Van incident.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Allison

    I could give this collection 5 stars if it were a bilingual edition. But it's not. Part of my interest is in translation, and while I assume these are beautiful translation, I have no way of looking at that for myself. Great selection of poems and poets. Great poems. I could give this collection 5 stars if it were a bilingual edition. But it's not. Part of my interest is in translation, and while I assume these are beautiful translation, I have no way of looking at that for myself. Great selection of poems and poets. Great poems.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Roof Beam Reader (Adam)

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  7. 4 out of 5

    Tim Kahl

    Great introduction to contemporary Vietnamese poetry that deviates from the state-sanctified verse.

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