Bryan Thao Worra

Rookie - 203 Points (01/01/1973 / Vientiane, Laos)

Bryan Thao Worra Poems

1. Mon 7/13/2012
2. A Familiar Dance 7/13/2012
3. Kinnaly 7/13/2012
4. Our Brave New World 7/13/2012
5. Khao Jai 7/13/2012
6. April Reflection 7/13/2012
7. Notes Regarding The Living Heart 7/13/2012
8. Laab 7/13/2012
9. Tom Mak Hung 7/13/2012
10. Aftermaths 7/13/2012
11. One Day 7/13/2012
12. What Is The Southeast Asian American Poem Of Tomorrow? 7/13/2012
13. Departures 7/13/2012
14. Hmong Market At Luang Prabang 7/13/2012
15. Nam 7/13/2012
16. Phonsavan 7/13/2012
17. Democracia 7/13/2012
18. Leuk Lao 7/13/2012
19. Nerakhoon 7/13/2012
20. Phaeng Mae 7/13/2012
21. At Home 7/13/2012
22. Laos In The House 7/13/2012
23. Khop Jai For Nothing, Falangs 7/13/2012
24. On A Stairway In Luang Prabang 7/13/2012
25. Sao Lao 7/29/2013
26. In The Beginning 7/29/2013
27. Ink: A Recipe 7/29/2013
28. Jaew 7/13/2012
29. The Spirit Catches You And You Get Body Slammed 7/13/2012
30. Her Body, My Monuments 7/29/2013
31. The National Library Of Laos 7/29/2013
32. Recovery 7/29/2013
33. What Kills A Man 7/29/2013
34. Recovering From War 7/29/2013
35. Planting 7/29/2013
36. Boun 7/29/2013
37. Imperious 7/29/2013
38. Burning Eden One Branch At A Time 11/14/2017
39. To An Old Tune 11/14/2017
40. What Tomorrow Takes Away 11/14/2017

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Dreamonstration

There is a famous account of Jiang Yan, an official of the Southern Dynasty. One night, he dreamt a god presented him a wondrous writing brush. From that day forward, his literary talents were beyond compare. When he grew old, the god appeared again as a dream and retrieved the brush. Jiang Yan’s writing was never as brilliant again.


Given a thousand nights,
Can you master even a single word?
Or a dream, a tool, a brain?

Open roads, discover ways,
Flow down a stream, slash at ignorance
With ink and a scrap of paper from a poet’s bag.


Do you ever ...

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No Regrets

Maybe one day,
A page will be found,
A song will be heard,
A stroke will be drawn
Filled with explanations.

Maybe one day,
The nuckawi and silapin, beautiful as a field of khao mai
Will be vindicated.

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