Postcards from the End of America

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Friday, July 3, 2015

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My poetry broadside offer got exactly one taker. That sucks! I should have known better than to peddle poetry on virtual sidewalks.


Chastened, I'm trying something else. I have eight sets of 4" x 6" prints of the photos below. I will send a set (two photos) to anyone who donates $20 or more. Each will be signed in the back. They're developed by Adorama in NYC, the best in the business, and look fantastic. These will surely be collector's items in a thousand years. (I know, I know, even an ossified piece of turd will be a collector's item in a thousand years.) Do jump in and I thank you in advance. Cheers!--Linh









THERE'S-NO-WEALTH-ON-A-DEAD-PLANET--Manhattan

COMBAT-VETERAN-LIVES-HERE--Willliston


[NYC in 2011 and Williston, ND in 2014]




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* Thanks for a $20 donation from Itasca, IL! Photos will be sent on Monday.







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Bathroom door at Sabatini's Beer Bar-Exeter 2








[Bathroom door at Sabatini's Beer Bar]



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Bathroom door at Sabatini's Beer Bar-Exeter








6/17/15. Bathroom door at Sabatini's Beer Bar. Chuck Orloski heard about this from a mailman, so we went to see for ourselves. Sabatini's is a sophisticated beer lounge just opened not even a month. We talked to the owner, who said his family have been running a pizzeria since 1958, and this is their new venture. It was completely empty when Chuck and I walked in in the late afternoon, and we wonder if such a fancy place would have a clientele in this hardscrabble Wilkes Barre suburb. It is expensive for the area but not unreasonably priced for anywhere else.



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Thursday, July 2, 2015

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United We Stand over gas tank cap--Passyunk Square











United We Stand over gas tank cap--Passyunk Square (detail)










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MAESTRA ESPIRITISTA LUCIA DE LA PAZ--Passyunk Square











MAESTRA ESPIRITISTA LUCIA DE LA PAZ--Passyunk Square (detail)








"SPIRITUALIST MISTRESS

LUCIA DE LA PAZ [Likely a pseudonym. It means "Light of Peace."]

FREE PURGE

CALL FOR AN APPOINTMENT"



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Tuesday, June 30, 2015

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Man with loaded shopping cart outside dead mall on 6-19-15--Center City








Outside The Gallery, a dead mall.



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Spam from "Micah White, PhD,"

with "Protest is broken." as heading:









Occupy spam








Boutique Activist Consultancy?!



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STOP MURDER BY POLICE--Italian Market











STOP MURDER BY POLICE--Italian Market (detail)











STOP MURDER BY POLICE--Italian Market (detail 2)








Italian Market, my neighborhood.



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Cops entrapping truckers--Taylor 2











Cops entrapping truckers--Taylor








Cops entrapping truckers. Chuck Orloski's account.



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Monday, June 29, 2015

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Missing Shayla Glogowski--Scranton











Missing Shayla Glogowski--Scranton (detail)








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Je t'aime--Wilkes-Barre










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Rose and cross in window--Wilkes-Barre










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St Vincent de Paul soup kitchen in 6-15--Wilkes-Barre








St. Vincent de Paul Soup Kitchen. A hot, excellent lunch is served daily to about 300 people, and no one is denied. In blue apron is cook, with Chuck Orloski standing next to him. Unless he's on a bus run, Chuck volunteers every Saturday at the St. Francis of Assisi Soup Kitchen in Scranton. Most people who go to these soup kitchens are not homeless, just poor. For many Americans, going to a soup kitchen is already a daily routine, but imagine how overwhelmed these places will be when the economic collapse really accelerates. Stock markets are diving today. The Asian markets are closed, and Shanghai was -3.34%, Tokyo -2.88% and Hong Kong -2.61%. It's blood red across the board today.



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Sunday, June 28, 2015

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Tiny restaurant--Taylor








Down Home Cookin' Joan. Shoebox sized restaurant on Main Street has no counter, seating, bathroom or even drinks, but the tiny menu of comfort food dinners is excellent. For $7 per, Chuck and I had a meal of turkey with gravy and cranberry sauce over a piece of bread, mashed potato and carrot. We ate it sitting on a bench in front of a store down the street.

After three years in business, they had to shut down for three when a texting driver drove into their restaurant and destroyed it. Just reopened, all of their old customers are coming back, they said. He's a housepainter--notice the paint splatters on his shorts and shoes--and she also has another job, but I forgot to ask what it was.

They told me about their local bar in Old Forge, said a Bud is only $1.50 and that they were going there the next night. Chuck and I did go, but with Daniel, Chuck's son. When Dan saw a bunch of old farts sitting elbow to elbow in the darkened joint, he freaked out, however, so we went somewhere else.



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Mother and child statue outside out of business restaurant--Frackville








[out of business restaurant]



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About Me

Born in Vietnam in 1963, I came to the US in 1975, and have also lived in Italy and England. I'm the author of two books of stories, Fake House (2000) and Blood and Soap (2004), five of poems, All Around What Empties Out (2003), American Tatts (2005), Borderless Bodies (2006), Jam Alerts (2007) and Some Kind of Cheese Orgy (2009), and a novel, Love Like Hate (2010). I've been anthologized in Best American Poetry 2000, 2004, 2007, Great American Prose Poems from Poe to the Present, Postmodern American Poetry: a Norton Anthology (vol. 2) and Hopeless: Barack Obama and the Politics of Illusion, among other places. I'm also editor of Night, Again: Contemporary Fiction from Vietnam (1996) and The Deluge: New Vietnamese Poetry (2013), and translator of Night, Fish and Charlie Parker, the poetry of Phan Nhien Hao (2006). Blood and Soap was chosen by Village Voice as one of the best books of 2004. My writing has been translated into Italian, Spanish, French, Dutch, German, Portuguese, Japanese, Korean, Arabic, Icelandic and Finnish, and I've been invited to read in London, Cambridge, Brighton, Paris, Berlin, Reykjavik, Toronto and all over the US. I've also published widely in Vietnamese.