“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

Delusion

poem by Samantha Lê, music by Ryan Loyd Delusion Carried a single branch inside my river, downstream through milky lashes, tattooed lips and deceitful thighs. We are unreliable and cruel like the water. Carried you into goodbye fingers of spicy savage lickers…  carried you like a burden… like a shameful secret. You are the life, … Continue reading Delusion

“Border Crossing” by Samantha Lê published in The Minnesota Review

In “Border Crossing,” the speaker of the poem laments about being labeled an “illegal.” She remembers a life, before the change in geography, where she was a complete person, “but between the leaving and entering they changed how they look at me—objects once labeled can’t be relabeled, you know.” Somehow in the border crossing, her … Continue reading “Border Crossing” by Samantha Lê published in The Minnesota Review

“That Other Guy” by Samantha Lê published in Outlook Springs

Who hasn’t secretly wanted to be that other guy? the one made up of consonants and super hero punches the guy with a secret name no one can pronounce […] We live in an age of comparisons.  We write farfetched narratives for the lives of strangers, friends and acquaintances, then find ourselves, by comparison, to … Continue reading “That Other Guy” by Samantha Lê published in Outlook Springs

“The Way to Cái Răng Floating Market” by Samantha Lê published by Bayou Magazine

The child rides on the backseat of the family’s bicycle and takes stock of Vietnam’s ravaged countryside after the revolution—its people and animals, its landscape and violent history.  “The Way to Cái Răng Floating Market” captures the complicated adult world through the eyes of a child—the humming poverty and hunger, the trembling of the land.  … Continue reading “The Way to Cái Răng Floating Market” by Samantha Lê published by Bayou Magazine

“Visions of the Aging Poet” by Samantha Lê published by The Lullwater Review

In “Visions of the Aging Poet,” the young writer glimpses visions of her aging poet teacher outside the halls of academia where he’s god.  Under the light of an ordinary day, she realizes the evolution of their relationship, how she’s poised to take his place on the world’s stage, but he’s not ready to let … Continue reading “Visions of the Aging Poet” by Samantha Lê published by The Lullwater Review

“Tongue Tied” by Samantha Lê published by Tule Review

A short and punchy poem about the cannibalistic nature love.  In “Tongue Tied,” the speaker of the poem laments about being devoured by her lover, yet she accepts it and goes along with it, continuing to insist on “nothing” until she manages to forget what she tries to deny. “Tongue Tied” is published in the Fall/Winter … Continue reading “Tongue Tied” by Samantha Lê published by Tule Review

On the Subject of Lust

An excerpt from the Author Q & A session for The Suburban Review #8 on the subject of lust and the poem "Fourteen" by Samantha Lê. By: Dinu Kumarasinghe, associate editor.  DK: How is lust dangerous? How does youth affect that danger? SL: Whether it’s a lust for life, art, food, sex, or adventure, lust is one … Continue reading On the Subject of Lust

“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