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Black Dog, Black Night: Contemporary Vietnamese Poetry

4.38 of 5 stars 4.38  ·  rating details  ·  13 ratings  ·  5 reviews
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 ...more
Paperback, 288 pages
Published February 15th 2008 by Milkweed Editions
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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.
Apr 08, 2009 Jacob added it
Last night I went to a reading for this anthology at the De Young. It was a pricey reading, twelve bucks or so when normally my poor poet ass would wander into a free reading, hang out in the back, not say hello to some people, say hello to others, and maybe plunk down some money for a book or a beer, but this reading maybe because it's held at a culturally valid institution or maybe because it's in a cavernous auditorium or maybe because it's curated by Paul Hoover, cost real dough.

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Jun 12, 2008 Paul rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  (Review from the author)
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 ...more
Tim Kahl
Great introduction to contemporary Vietnamese poetry that deviates from the state-sanctified verse.
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