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- "Nguyen Phan Que Mai's is a poetry that instructs us how to live more fully in the world, and reaffirms the power of clear-headed and direct writing to transform even our darkest hours into deeply abiding lessons on the complexities of history, time and love." (Bruce Weigl – poet, distinguished professor, and past Chairperson of the Judging Panel for Poetry for the American National Book Award).

 

- "Nguyen Phan Que Mai is a poet with a sharp intellectual capacity for poetry that is fresh and natural in its emotions. Combining this with her willingness to continuously renew her knowledge and her life experiences through her work within and outside Vietnam, she has created for herself an original poetic character which embodies a high level of creative expression in the comprehensive reflection of the rich aspects of social and human realities." (Poet Bang Viet – President of the Poetry Board, Vietnam Writers Association).

 

- "Nguyen Phan Que Mai's poetry collection Freeing Myself caught the attention of many amongst voices of young writers. Her voice is refined, so that when addressing personal matters, it does not fall into the trap of triviality. Her poems bear a passionate love for her country, whether written from the perspective of someone who lives overseas, or someone who lives in Vietnam. Yet this love is not exaggerated. The author has also proven the courageous spirit of young writers, refusing to accept old ways of writing, and not relying on shallow language, or not trying to shock readers with elaborated and superficial forms..." (Media release on the Literature Prizes of 2010, the Hanoi Writers' Association,).