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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 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 tradition marked by vivid imagery, powerful emotions, and inventive forms. Included here are 17 postmodern and experimental Vietnamese poets, including the founding editor of Skanky Possum magazine, as well as American poets of Vietnamese descent.


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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 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 tradition marked by vivid imagery, powerful emotions, and inventive forms. Included here are 17 postmodern and experimental Vietnamese poets, including the founding editor of Skanky Possum magazine, as well as American poets of Vietnamese descent.

39 review for Black Dog, Black Night: Contemporary Vietnamese Poetry

  1. 5 out of 5

    Pamela Scott

    https://thebookloversboudoir.wordpres... I’d never heard of any of the poets before. I decided to read this anthology because I like the cover and I wanted to read something a little different outside my comfort zone. I didn’t even know there was such a thing as Vietnamese verse. Consider me better informed. What impressed be about this collection is how diverse and different the poems are. Many deal with similar themes but the styles used are rich and varied. All of the poems used vivid imagery https://thebookloversboudoir.wordpres... I’d never heard of any of the poets before. I decided to read this anthology because I like the cover and I wanted to read something a little different outside my comfort zone. I didn’t even know there was such a thing as Vietnamese verse. Consider me better informed. What impressed be about this collection is how diverse and different the poems are. Many deal with similar themes but the styles used are rich and varied. All of the poems used vivid imagery and the same themes crop up again and again including war and cultural identity. I was impressed with this collection and discovered a bunch of new poets to explore more. The best poems were The Purple Colour of Sim Flowers by Huu Loan, Your Face by Van Cao, I Live in Quan Ho Circle by Hoang Cam, From The New Horizon (I) by Dang Dinh Hung, A Dog of Stone by Hoang Hung and My Mother’s Garden by Nguyen Khoa Diem.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Leonard

    A wonderful collection of poetry by Vietnamese writers. Strong and subtle.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Paul

    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 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 censorship in the 1950s, at the time of the notorious Nhan Van incident.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Allison

    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.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Tim Kahl

    Great introduction to contemporary Vietnamese poetry that deviates from the state-sanctified verse.

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