of Literature finds its muse
|Of sonnets and
stanzas: Poet Da Thao Phuong (standing) reads poems with two
performers. — VNS File Photo
HA NOI — Poetry readings
will mark Viet Nam Poetry Day today at the capital’s Van Mieu (Temple of
Poetry Day was established
five years ago by the Viet Nam Writers Association to honour the nation’s
greatest poets as well as encourage young poets to share their work, according
to the association chairman, poet Huu Thinh. The holiday is scheduled during the
Nguyen Tieu Festival on the 15th day of the first lunar month.
The poetry readings, along
with musical performances, will begin this morning at 8:30am.
"We have decided to
invest more effort into organising poetry readings with a view to change the way
poetry is perceived by audiences," said writer Vo Thi Xuan Ha.
"I have seen poetry
readings in many other countries. Many Vietnamese people think that poetry
reading means to bring strange things to the stage. But, in fact the poet
becomes the artist by presenting the literary work in different ways and
accompanied by music," said poet Hoang Hung.
Other poets scheduled to
present their works include Vi Thuy Linh, Phan Huyen Thu, Nguyen Vinh Tien, Da
Thao Phuong, Ngo Tu Lap and emerging poets like Ho Huy Son, Doan Van Mat and Chu
Thi Minh Hue, as well as Mong poet Chu Thi Minh Hue from Ha Giang Province, who
will read works in both the Vietnamese and Mong languages.
Poet and composer Nguyen
Vinh Tien will invite a ca tru singer and a dan day musician to
perform three poems. "This will be a combination of modern poetry, ca
tru and folk music," said Tien.
The young poet Ho Huy Son’s
performance will be accompanied by two artists from the Central Puppet Theatre.
Sixteen tables will be set
up on the Thai Hoc ground with a peach tree to allow fans and writers to gather
and discuss their inspirations.
Other activities will
include calligraphy, parallel sentence poetry, poetry painting, and
improvisational poetry competitions on the Thai Mieu grounds.
The Kim Dong Publishing
House will display books to introduce poets like Le Thanh Tong, Nguyen Trai,
Nguyen Du; Nguyen Binh, Xuan Dieu, Che Lan Vien, and Han Mac Tu as well as
wartime poets like Nguyen Dinh Thi, and Pham Tien Duat.
Two new books of poetry
will be introduced on the occasion. One collects poems related to turning points
in the life of late poet Tran Dan. The other is a translation by poet Huu Viet
entitled Heartsongs, which won an award last year from the Viet Nam Writers
Association. — VNS