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Distant road : selected poems of Nguyen Duy
Nguyẽ̂n, Duy.
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First edition.
Publication Information:
Willimantic, CT : Curbstone Press, 1999.
Physical Description:
xxxi, 257 pages ; 22 cm
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Widely considered the most important poet of his generation, Duy began his career as a writer on the battlefields of Vietnam. The power of his highly-crafted poetry stems from its distinct sense of time and place, his unrelenting honesty, and his deep compassion. Born into a peasant family, Duy captures the essence of village life in his poetry. Whether it is love, family, war, present or lost friends, or his own self-mockery, his poetry is infused with an understanding of hardship and suffering. Many of his love poems have become classics in Vietnam.

Author Notes

Nguyen Duy was born in 1948, in Dong Ve village, Thanh Hoa province. He now lives in Ho Chi Minh City. He has published ten collections of poetry, three collections of memoirs, and a novel. Among his many awards are the poetry prize of Van Nghe in 1973 and the poetry prize of the Vietnam Writers' Association in 1985.

Table of Contents

White Sand 1973
Longingp. 3
The Bamboo of Viet Namp. 5
Square Skyp. 9
Red Earth--Blue Waterp. 11
Truong Son Notes 1975
The Fathersp. 15
Mother And You 1987
The A-Shaped Shelterp. 19
The Warmth of the Straw Sleeping Placep. 21
The Home Firesp. 23
A Few Questionsp. 27
Missing a Friendp. 29
On Hearing a Chameleon in the Cityp. 31
Moonlightp. 35
Lullaby for the Soldiersp. 37
Rain In Sunlight, Sunlight In Rainp. 39
Pausing Cloudp. 41
Da Lat in the Moonlightp. 43
Wake, Wake Our Sleeping Potentialsp. 45
Thao Riverp. 61
Do Lenp. 63
The Father's Bridgep. 65
A Song for Mother...p. 69
An Afternoon Moment in Hanoip. 71
To Lam Son with Lovep. 73
In Memoriamp. 77
Suddenlyp. 79
Panning for Gold 1987
Stopp. 83
Moonlight 1987
The Old Man in The Southp. 89
Distant Road 1989
Meeting a Young Soldierp. 95
Forest and Streetp. 97
A Touch of Autumnp. 99
A Small Song of Peacep. 101
I Will Wait till the Summer Comesp. 107
Before the Statue at Kievp. 109
Goodbye to A-Re-Kho-Vop. 113
Distant Roadp. 117
Our Nation...from a Distancep. 119
The Gift 1990
Poem Dedicated to a Beggarp. 139
The Morning after the War Was Overp. 143
Cham Towerp. 145
Selling Goldp. 147
Ten Years Counted Off on Fingersp. 151
Experience...p. 157
Return to the Villagep. 159
Lang Son, 1989p. 163
Oh Stonep. 165
Return 1994
Wife, Dear...p. 169
Sand Obsessionp. 171
Offering My Wife a Drinkp. 173
Fall and Findp. 175
Subsidized Poetryp. 177
Metal, Wood, Earth, Water, Firep. 179
New Year Fireworksp. 193
Two-Linersp. 195
Ghostp. 195
Recantp. 195
Silkp. 195
Whitep. 195
Wrapp. 195
Poet Ap. 195
Poet Bp. 197
Poet Cp. 197
Poet Dp. 197
Poet Ep. 197
Poet Fp. 197
Back to the Fieldp. 199
Tobacco for the Water Pipep. 201
Hau Plum Eveningp. 203
Thieu Lichip. 205
The Longan's Eyesp. 207
The Custard Apple's Eyesp. 209
Dust Poems 1996
Song of Adventurep. 213
Six-Eight Feet across Americap. 215
Texas, 6/16/1995p. 215
Boston, 6/21/1995p. 215
New York, 7/7/1995p. 215
Washington, 7/12/1995p. 217
Hollywood, 7/21/1995p. 217
San Diego, 7/28/1995p. 217
Bolsa, 7/30/95p. 219
San Jose, 8/3/1995p. 219
San Francisco, 8/5/1995p. 219
Orange County, 8/9/1995p. 221
Miragep. 223
Washington Obsessionp. 227
The Bull Fightp. 229
Darep. 231
Shelter In Shadowp. 233
The Corpse of Timep. 235
Innocencep. 237
Song for the Separationp. 239
That Sweetnessp. 241
Debtp. 243
Real and Truep. 245
Ship Launchingp. 247
O My People!p. 249
Uncollected Poems
To the Vietnamese Living in Foreign Landsp. 253
Fire!p. 255
Note on the Translationsp. 259