“Down River” by Samantha Lê published in The Journal

A young girl watched her big sister from across the riverbank as she threw their pet dog into the water, where he was carried off and drowned. His rag body swung into the swells of her rage. The big sister denied this memory, but the young girl insisted on remembering.  And though time marches on, … Continue reading “Down River” by Samantha Lê published in The Journal

“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

“Fourteen” by Samantha Lê is published in Melbourne’s The Suburban Review #8

I’m honored to announce the publication of my poem “Fourteen” in The Suburban Review #8, Summer 2017 issue.  Available now online. About “Fourteen” The sonnet is one of my favorite forms—a compact love song that packs a punch.  In “Fourteen,” I used this traditional form to explore a contemporary subject.  This poem is about a … Continue reading “Fourteen” by Samantha Lê is published in Melbourne’s The Suburban Review #8

“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

“Making Love on the Roof” by Samantha Lê is published in The Boiler Journal

I’m honored to announce the publication of my poem “Making Love on the Roof” Summer 2017 issue of The Boiler Journal.  This issue is available free online. About “Making Love on the Roof” On a city rooftop, two people try to find momentary relief from loneliness by surrendering their bodies to each other—to the possibility … Continue reading “Making Love on the Roof” by Samantha Lê is published in The Boiler Journal

“Conversations with the Diocese of the Desert” by Samantha Lê is published in 3Elements Literary Review

I’m honored to announce the publication of my poem “Conversations with the Diocese of the Desert” in issue no. 15 of 3Elements Literary Review, Summer 2017.  This issue is available free online. About “Conversations with the Diocese of the Desert” For this issue, contributors were tasked to use the words “temple,” “yard sale,” and “visitation” in … Continue reading “Conversations with the Diocese of the Desert” by Samantha Lê is published in 3Elements Literary Review

“Cactus Dawn” by Samantha Lê published in Off the Coast

I’m honored that my poem “Cactus Dawn” is included in the Summer 2017 issue of Off the Coast.  This issue is available free online. About “Cactus Dawn” This poem allows the reader a peak into the internal monologue of the poem’s speaker.  By structuring it as a stream consciousness poem, I’m appealing to the reader to … Continue reading “Cactus Dawn” by Samantha Lê published in Off the Coast

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

Samantha Lê ~ Featured Poet in the Aurorean, Spring/Summer 2017 issue

I’m honored to be a Featured Poet of the Aurorean Spring/Summer 2017 issue, and that my poems “La Comédie,” “Tongue Tied,” and “Your Absence” were selected for publication. [This issue of the Aurorean is now available for purchase.] About “La Comédie” A villanelle.  The refrains in this French form create a sing-song quality that contrasts with the bleakness … Continue reading Samantha Lê ~ Featured Poet in the Aurorean, Spring/Summer 2017 issue

“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

My Father’s Son

Your brown and raisin foot is watching me. It mocks my innocence and naiveté; it kicks and pokes and jabs and pinches me, with every move it labors bitterly. It speaks in a stranger’s tongue, so wise and old, the tongue of someone who has tasted gold, but swallowed dirt instead, and never told of … Continue reading My Father’s Son