Poems from the Prison Diary of Ho Chi Minh

Steve Bradbury has a Ph.D. from the University of Hawai'i at Manoa in English. He teaches at National Central University in Taiwan and is an active translator and writer.

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Poems from the Prison Diary of Ho Chi Minh
freely translated by Steve Bradbury • 2003 • $10
Design by Karen White

Written during his incarceration by the Chinese in the 1940s, these poems—at times witty, at other moments despairing—chronicle Ho’s prison life. A fine addition to Tinfish Press’s Vietnamese poetry list, this book was translated from the Chinese by Steve Bradbury, a professor at National Central University in Taiwan.

from “Guard with Pig”:

A pig and a guard bearing him.
Then me, led upon a chain.
I’ve not the standing of this swine.
Having lost my hold on freedom.
The things I’ve lost seem well nigh legion,
But none weighs on me more than this.
They watch my every word and deed;
They treat me like a beast of burden.


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