The Full Ceremonial Monte

Attended the opening ceremony of the translation conference this morning -- hundreds of people in the new, monumental National Convention Center.  There was dancing and singing and speech-making and then lunch. I met a lot of the writers -- American and Vietnamese -- that I've corresponded with over the years, or seen in passing on one of my trips. I'm not crazy about being stuck out at the West Lake compound, but I've been able to get off on my own enough to get some work done on the classes I will begin teaching next week. And I'll spend the last couple of days of my trip back down town, so it's all good. I feel energized and excited about developing some translation projects, work that will begin tomorrow when we begin doing small-scale workshops.

Author: jd

Joseph Duemer is Professor of Literature Emeritus at Clarkson University in northern New York state. His most recent book of poems is Magical Thinking from Ohio State University Press. Since the mid-1990s he has spent a good deal of time in Vietnam, mostly Hanoi. He lives with his wife Carole & five terriers (four Jack Russells & one Patterdale) on the stony bank of the Raquette River in South Colton.

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  1. Thank you for your updates on the conference. I’m looking forward to hearing about the translation projects which will be developed as a result of this conference and perhaps about the difficulties facing translators who are committed to Vietnamese Literature.
    elizabeth Riley

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