Floating Sweet Dumpling

By Ho Xuan Huong 1772–1822

Translated By Marilyn Chin Read the translator's notes

My body is powdery white and round
I sink and bob like a mountain in a pond
The hand that kneads me is hard and rough
You can't destroy my true red heart

Source: Poetry (April 2008).

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This poem originally appeared in the April 2008 issue of Poetry magazine

April 2008

Biography

Ho Xuan Huong (1772–1822) was called “the Queen of Nôm Poetry” by the late Xuan Dieu, a prominant modern Vietnamese poet.

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Poem Categorization

SUBJECT Relationships, Love, Nature, The Body, Desire

POET’S REGION Asia, East

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