Martha Collins

Martha Collins is the author of Day Unto Day (Milkweed, 2014), White Papers (Pittsburgh, 2012) and Blue Front (Graywolf, 2006), as well as four earlier collections of poems and three volumes of co-translated Vietnamese poetry, most recently Black Stars: Poems by Ngo Tu Lap (Milkweed, 2013, with the author). She is editor-at-large for FIELD magazine and an editor of the Oberlin College Press.


Lottery Ticket and Pre-Planned Heavens by Trang The Hy, translated by Martha Collins & Nguyen Ba Chung

  People who don’t buy lottery tickets just crawl: they don’t jump. People who buy tickets dare to jump.   That’s because a lottery ticket guarantees that those who jump do not die when they fall down: they only suffer a little pain.   He is not afraid of pain […]


The Traveling Companion Named Hope by Trang The Hy, translated by Martha Collins & Nguyen Ba Chung

  1. The ones who came before urged the ones who would come after to be cautious with you, keeping you at a distance. Petofi said: “Hope is a flighty girl of the night.” Lu Xun wrote: “Thoughts about hope bring sudden fear.” From the age of fifteen, a credulous […]