“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

“Watching Dad’s Porn on the VCR” by Samantha Lê published in The Minnesota Review

In “Watching Dad’s Porn on the VCR,” a poem about girlhood, the speaker of the poem searches for her identity in the images reflected back at her from the television screen “…Mouth of a prophet, tongue of a poet….” Her sense of self is tangled up in what she believes to be the definition of … Continue reading “Watching Dad’s Porn on the VCR” by Samantha Lê published in The Minnesota Review

“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

Well-RED Reading Series

Poetry reading by Samantha Lê & Darrell Dela Cruz with book signing to follow. Please join me at the Well-RED Reading Series, sponsored by Poetry Center San Jose, for an exciting night of  poetry. When: Tuesday, March 13, 2018 (7:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.) Where: Works/San Jose, Arts & Performance Center (365 S. Market St., San Jose, … Continue reading Well-RED Reading Series

“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

2017 Indie Author Day

Please join me at San Luis Obispo's Indie Author Day.   I'll be signing books and giving a short poetry reading.  My reading will take place around 12:00 p.m., and there will be other writers reading their works throughout the event. When: Saturday, October 21, 2017 (10:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.) Where: San Luis Obispo … Continue reading 2017 Indie Author Day

“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