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Gouache on Tyvec, varnished. 20" x 16".

Accompanying poetry:


H Xuân Hương, with translation by John Balaban

Thấp thoáng đầu ghềnh lún phún mưa Đố ai vẽ được cảnh tiêu sơ Xanh om cổ thụ chon von tán Trắng toát tràng giang phẳng lặng tờ Còi mục thét lừng miền khoáng dã Lưới ngư giang gió bãi bình sa Chuông ai đất nối bên kia tá Ương lở chung tình một túi thơ.

The waterfall plunges in the mist.

Who can describe this desolate scene:

the long white river sliding through

the emerald shadows of the ancient canopy

...a shepherd’s horn echoing in the valley,

fishnets stretched to dry on sandy flats.

A bell is tolling, fading, fading

just like love. Only poetry lasts.


All artwork by Jane Irish is legally protected by U.S. & International copyright laws. Images may be used for educational use but under NO circumstance may they be used for commercial purposes without proper and prior permission from the artist. Unauthorized duplication or usage for commercial purposes is prohibited by copyright law. "Country Scene," by Hồ Xuân Hương, translated by John Balaban, copyright 2000.