Intellectual Curiosities and Provocations

Nguyen Chi Thien, Hanoi Poet

By Levi Asher on Wednesday, October 10, 2012 07:06 pm

Nguyen Chi Thien was born in Hanoi, Vietnam, and struggled for decades to be an honest poet in a totalitarian state. He finally settled in Santa Ana, California, where he died this week at the age of 73. The New York Times tells his stirring story.

A Vietnamese/American bilingual edition of his Flowers from Hell is currently in print.

2 Responses to "Nguyen Chi Thien, Hanoi Poet"

by jonathan hayes on

a vital voice/poet and story of survival in flesh, spirit and word.

those interested in vietnamese american literature may want
to reference an important first-of-its-kind anthol recently published:

'this is all i choose to tell'
(history and hybridity in vietnamese american literature)

by isabelle thuy pelaud

2011 temple university

by Catalyst on

That is a great and inspiring story. I can barely remember a few lines at a time...and this guy memorized entire collections! I noticed since his death the price of his book went from $80 to $650+.

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