Poetry from Phuoc-Tan Diep

1 am on the wrong side of town

quick steps

lose their echoes

down hard streets

red lights

hide

black ice

fish nets

catch

me slipping

thank you

from

me

to

her.

My good friend Phuoc-Tan, who you will know from previous posts and his Duo blog, has released his first book of poetry called Lights out & other poems – Wake up! series Vol. 1 You can download it free at Lulu.

Phuoc-Tan came to the UK as a Vietnamese “boat person” and became a medical doctor . . . a Histopathology Specialist to be exact. He is now 33 years old and we are hoping that one day he will make good [he he he . . hi PT!] Phuoc-Tan used to live with us in London, right before he married a girl from our youth group in Australia – Maggie Blick – who is an award winning novelist and also a dear friend of our family and supporter of our adventures. I took some funky video of their wedding but still haven’t found the time to edit it into a little movie – my apologies!

So Phuoc-Tan – congratulations on your fabulous book! Don’t give up your day job just yet, but please keep on writing. We look forward to the next installment.

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Andrew Jones has been blogging since 1997. He is based in San Francisco with his two daughters but also travels the globe to find compelling stories of early stage entrepreneurs changing their world. Sometimes he talks in the third person. Sometimes he even talks to himself and has been heard uttering the name “Precious” :-)

2 Comments

  • Thanks Andrew
    for the feedback and for the plug.
    One day our families will meet up again!
    Perhaps when the pregnancies are over.
    God bless you all.
    PT Magz Evie and Pea2

  • As a frequent Vietnam traveler, this is a joy to read. The simplistic beauty of VN literature found in short stories by authors such as Nguyen Huy Thiep and Le Minh Khue is contained in these poems as well. I work with crazy Bob Roberts at NorthWood Church, so you’ll understand my love affair with all things Vietnamese.
    Get these and read them slowly.

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