“Phôi Pha (Wither)” by Samantha Lê published in The Journal

“Phôi Pha (Wither)” is a poem about old age, about being the only one left to tend to the dead, about there being no one left to send you off when your journey begins again. no one left to burn spirit money and paper houses incense dust grows into ant hills The subject of the … Continue reading “Phôi Pha (Wither)” by Samantha Lê published in The Journal

“My Father on That Last Day of Summer, 1983” & “Morning Market, Sa Đéc 1981” by Samantha Lê published in Perfume River Poetry Review

I’m honored to announce the publication of two poems from my Vietnam series in the “Vietnam Forever,” 5th Anniversary double issue of Perfume River Poetry Review by Tourane Poetry Press in San Jose, California.   About “Morning Market, Sa Đéc 1981” For this poem, I highlighted the collection of scenes from the market place as … Continue reading “My Father on That Last Day of Summer, 1983” & “Morning Market, Sa Đéc 1981” by Samantha Lê published in Perfume River Poetry Review

Second Name

1. When the revolution ended, history was rewritten. The victor penned Sài Gòn her second name— her boulevards relabeled, buildings gutted, new monuments erected, and a yellow star dipped in blood unfurled above her rooftops— but those who loved her, will always love her as Sài Gòn. To those who conquered her, she became the … Continue reading Second Name

“To Myself at Eight” and “The Disappearance” by Samantha Lê published in Hypertrophic Literary, Summer 2017 Issue

I’m happy to announce that my poems “To Myself at Eight” and “The Disappearance” are featured in the beautiful Summer 2017 issue of Hypertrophic Literary. [Available online and in print]. About “To Myself at Eight” In the passing along of female traditions, the cost of such inheritance is often freedom.  Mothers packaged their seasoned fears and self-imposed limitations … Continue reading “To Myself at Eight” and “The Disappearance” by Samantha Lê published in Hypertrophic Literary, Summer 2017 Issue

“To Myself at Seven” by Samantha Lê published in Borderlands: Texas Poetry Review, Issue 46

I’m honored that my poem “To Myself at Seven” was selected for publication in the Spring 2017 issue of Borderlands: Texas Poetry Review.  [Available for purchase.] About “To Myself at Seven” I wanted to write a poem about being a girl, about how culture define a girl’s place in the world through gender-biased beliefs and limitations—limitations … Continue reading “To Myself at Seven” by Samantha Lê published in Borderlands: Texas Poetry Review, Issue 46

“Second Name” by Samantha Lê published in the anthology Spring Mother Tongue, May 2017

Thank you Arlene Biala and the office of the Poet Laureate of Santa Clara County for putting together this inspiring project. About “Second Name” My journey started with the fall of Saigon when my family became refugees in a country that was once our home.  During the decade of waiting and failed attempts to leave, … Continue reading “Second Name” by Samantha Lê published in the anthology Spring Mother Tongue, May 2017

On “The Hanging Family Tree”

“The Hanging Family Tree” employs what Robert Pinsky, in his book The Sounds of Poetry, calls “like and unlike sounds” in order to intensify the meaning of key thematic lines and to create shifts in the musical effects of the poem.