Nguyen Chi Thien: ‘The Solzhenitsyn of Vietnam’

In the United States, freedom of speech – even the most outrageously shocking speech – is a cherished right, though most of us probably aren’t quick to think of poetry as a form of speech that needs protecting. It’s been a long, long time since anyone tried to put an American in jail for publishing a poem. That may make it hard for us to truly appreciate the artistic bravery of Nguyen Chi Thien, who spent nearly a quarter century behind …