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Green Rice: Poems by Lam Thi My Da Paperback – February 1, 2005
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About the Author
Born in 1949 in the south central part of Viet Nam, Lam Thi My Da spent the war in Quang Binh province, near the scene of much heavy fighting. Author of five books of poetry in Vietnamese, she is widely recognized one of the Vietnam's major poets.
Top Customer Reviews
Martha Collins, should be the beginning of her literary life in the US. She is a poet of minimalist technique, writing that kind of poem that in a few words creates an atmosphere and whiplash of memory that suggests haiku without all the rules.
Though she survived the 'American War' in Vietnam and many of her poems reflect that indelible imprint on her creative mind, she has much more to say about feminist issues, natural phenomena, and the seemingly small issues of everyday occurrences.
Yet it is in her powerful 'war poems' that her work feels most committed. As in 'Bomb Crater Sky': "The name of the road is your name/Your death is a young girl's patch of blue sky/My soul is lit by your life/And my friends, who never saw you/Each has a different image of your face." Fragments of life in Vietnam now reflecting life in Vietnam under war conditions become incredibly poignant in her gifted hands. Highly recommended. Grady Harp, May 05