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Off to Vietnam
Posted by: Pam Adams (---.bus.csupomona.edu)
Date: December 07, 2004 02:23PM

I'll be offline for the next few weeks, as I'll be doing a study trip to Vietnam. The folk poetry of the country is called Ca Dao. Here's a sample-

The Saigon River

The Saigon River slides past the Old Market,
its broad waters thick with silt. There
the rice shoots gather a fragrance,
the fragrance of my country home,
recalling my mother home, stirring deep love.

Translated by John Babayan

More are here:

[www.ubu.com] />
pam


Re: Off to Vietnam
Posted by: joseph r. torelli (---.dyn.optonline.net)
Date: December 07, 2004 05:17PM

Pam:

Enjoy the visit. I imagine you'll have a better time there than we had 36 years ago.

JoeT


Re: Off to Vietnam
Posted by: IanB (---.tnt11.mel1.da.uu.net)
Date: December 07, 2004 06:21PM

Have you been studying the language, Pam?

When we read foreign folk poetry in English, our appreciation of it depends so much on the poetic skill of the translator. If the original is a 'black box', an interesting exercise is to collect a number of translated versions of the same poem.

Have a good trip.

Ian



Post Edited (12-07-04 17:22)


Re: Off to Vietnam
Posted by: J.H.SUMMERS (---.chartertn.net)
Date: December 07, 2004 07:44PM

Pam,

Have a great time and enjoy the trip.

john


Re: Off to Vietnam
Posted by: Just Jack (---.southg01.mi.comcast.net)
Date: December 08, 2004 11:54AM

Pam-

Thirty six years ago yesterday we buried my brother.
Take a walk in Ta Nihn and remember all the good boys who never had the chance to be good men.


Jack


Re: Off to Vietnam
Posted by: Hugh Clary (---.phoenix-01rh15-16rt.az.dial-access.att.net)
Date: December 08, 2004 11:56AM

Can you bring me back some Thai sticks? Much obliged, check's in the mail.


Re: Off to Vietnam
Posted by: Marian-NYC (---.nyc1.dsl.speakeasy.net)
Date: December 08, 2004 03:19PM

Hugh, if she does, you can be really original in June and give your dad a Thai for Father's Day.


Re: Off to Vietnam
Posted by: joseph r. torelli (---.dyn.optonline.net)
Date: December 08, 2004 08:47PM

That reminds me of the special blessing offered for Siamese knot makers:

Blest be the Thais that bind.

JoeT


Re: Off to Vietnam
Posted by: Pam Adams (---.bus.csupomona.edu)
Date: December 22, 2004 03:43PM

Sorry, all they had was Pooh sticks. [www.poohsticks.com] />
pam


Re: Off to Vietnam
Posted by: Hugh Clary (---.denver-03rh16rt-04rh15rt.co.dial-access.att.net)
Date: December 23, 2004 04:02PM

Dang! Appreciate the try though.


Re: Off to Vietnam
Posted by: JohnnySansCulo (---.dyn.optonline.net)
Date: December 23, 2004 04:05PM

"you know, man, the thing that's tied to a stick"
Cheech Marin




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