In 1966, when Chomsky passionately avowed "to speak the truth and to expose lies" as a reason for his anti-American, pro-Vietnamese communist stand, (15) North Vietnamese poet Nguyen Chi Thien was imprisoned for doing just that, writing the truth and exposing lies by the communists.
In 1975, while the anti-war camp cheered on the communist victory, North Vietnamese poet Nguyen Chi Thien, in his dark cell, wept: (20) "O South Vietnam ever since that day of your loss I have experienced a thousand, ten thousand agonies!"
Air Force pilot Walter McDonald's "After the Fall of Saigon" is juxtaposed with Hanoi-born Nguyen Chi Thien
's "As Those Americans Flee."
The Flowers of Hell is the bilingual edition of a collection of poignant poems by the Vietnamese dissident Nguyen Chi Thien (see WLT 59:3, p.
The impact of Nguyen Chi Thien's poetry has now reached the outside world through translations into English, French, Japanese, Chinese, German, and Czech, and international readings of his poetry have been held in such distant locales as Barcelona (1993) and Prague (1994).
Buddhist poet Nguyen Chi Thien
, in poor health after 30 years of incarceration, told foreign journalists on his release that he would outlive communism.
The poet Nguyen Chi Thien
, who rushed the manuscript of his Flowers From Hell (Lac Viet, 1984) into the British Embassy in Hanoi, was dragged off by the cops and hasn't been heard from since.