Biography of NhuanLe ThanhThanh
Thanh-Thanh is the pen name of Mr. Nhuan Xuan Le who leads the 'Xay-Dung' literary group which was recognized as one of the main branches of the Vietnamese Cultural Tree at the unique pre-1975 National Cultural Festival in Saigon, capital of the former Republic of Vietnam.
After his resettlement in the States in 1992, Thanh-Thanh has begun to write in and translate into English his own and his fellow poets' work, to participate in promoting communication and understanding between nations.
NhuanLe ThanhThanh's Works:
POEMS BY SELECTED VIETNAMESE (anthology)
NhuanLe ThanhThanh Poems
The Days Dad Got Imprisoned
How harrowing were the days Dad got imprisoned: Mom could hardly sleep, got her eyes wet, rings wizened. Gnawing the tiny rootstock Mom spared for me: how sad! I was so hungry, Dad!
In Memory Of My Father
reverently dedicated to my dear Dad’s spirit Whilst boarding the aircraft to fly towards the ocean
On that old day – How could it be neglected? The scientist Bruno went on to the pyre As if he was taking a stroll, unaffected; He re-affirmed to the frenzied abusers of fire:
The Year 2000
After the year two thousand, I will be still alive, And so will other animals and worms. There still will be vegetables and germs, And mundane life as ever, rain or shine.
I Have Left Behind
I have left my children to save my own hide While I could not have prepared them for life With their kids nobody knows what would betide To their future and towards which how to strive.
On that old day – How could it be neglected?
The scientist Bruno went on to the pyre
As if he was taking a stroll, unaffected;
He re-affirmed to the frenzied abusers of fire:
“The Earth is round, in that Truth I trust
Although my body has to turn into dust! ”
The fanatics determined the earth was square
As from their gods and saints they had learned;