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Title: Poem by Nguyen Binh
Date: 2007
Medium: Ink on paper
Dimensions: 55 1/8 x 17 11/16 inches (140 x 45 cm)
Credit Line: Acquired through the George and Mary Rockwell Fund
Object Number: 2009.008.003
Label Text: Using forms drawn from the archaic seal style of Chinese calligraphy, Nguyễn Quảng Thắng presents an excerpt from the 1936 poem “Mưa xuân” (“Spring Rain”) by the celebrated poet Nguyễn Bính (1918–1966):

Lòng thấy giăng tơ một mối tình
Em ngừng tay lại giữa thoi xinh
Hình như hai má em bừng đỏ
Có lẽ là em nghĩ đến anh

A web of love is spun around your heart
You hold the shuttle in your lovely hand
It seems your cheeks are blushing
Perhaps you are thinking of me

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