Poetry from Phuoc-Tan Diep

1 am on the wrong side of town

quick steps

lose their echoes

down hard streets

red lights


black ice

fish nets


me slipping

thank you





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.

Related: Medical Doctors and the House Church Movement

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Andrew Jones launched his first internet space in 1997 and has been teaching on related issues for the past 20 years. He travels all the time but lives between Wellington, San Francisco and a hobbit home in Prague.


  • PTD says:

    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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