Like a man practicing his whole life to say a single word
Autobiography
Author: Vũ Thành Sơn
Published on: 9/6/2016 3:15:46 PM

you! so self-inflated
rising up on two legs and
roiling and flailing and
whipping about like a spring
you! when your bonds are broken
rolling around like a coconut

you! not so long and yet
you slunk past every fight
without a scratch
though you’re completely stone-dead

you! slippery
glittering, forgetting you're
a part of the past of the sea

you! threading your way like an eel
ending your life in a narrow gutter
laughing as you vomit blood
loose teeth like instrument keys

you! crumpling up all that you have
what else can you do
when you are perfectly deformed?

Vũ Thành Sơn
- translated by David Payne
- photo by Alice Pedroletti

 

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