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Tuesday, January 21, 2020

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Bomb shells outside wedding banquet hall--Phonsavan









[bomb shells outside wedding banquet hall]



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Bomb shells on Route 7 just past Phonsavan Kindergarten--Phonsavan









[just past Phonsavan Kindergarten]



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Bomb shells outside Sousath Travel











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Craters Restaurant--Phonsavan











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Piss stop--Thathom









Piss stop just outside Thathom. This entire region was hell on earth half a century ago. Nowhere else has ever been bombed so mercilessly. The guy with the nice hat was our driver. He did a great job.



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On minibus to Phonsavan--Thathom 2











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On minibus to Phonsavan--Thathom









This was just after Thathom. We stopped here so everyone could take a piss, au naturel, in the bush.

I was the only non-Lao on this minibus. People got on and off, but for more than half of this 8-hour trip, not counting an hour for lunch, I had two seats to myself.



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Market--Bantung











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Market--Thabok









I'm pretty sure this was in Thabok, but if you can read the sign and it says something entirely different, please tell me. We had been on the road for a couple of hours, with a few brief stops to pick up passengers, so that's how I figure we were in Thabok.



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Mango vendors--Thabok









[mango vendors]



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North Station--Vientiane 10









North Station. The white mini-bus was the one I took. No great demand to go from Vientiane to Phonsavan.



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North Station--Vientiane 9









[North Station]



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GERMANY jacket worn by man at North Station--Vientiane









[North Station]



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North Station--Vientiane 8











North Station--Vientiane 8 (detail)









[North Station]



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North Station--Vientiane 7









[North Station]



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About Me

Born in Vietnam in 1963, I lived mostly in the US from 1975 until 2018, but have returned to Vietnam, where I live in remote Ea Kly. I've also lived in Italy, England and Germany. I'm the author of a non-fiction book, Postcards from the End of America (2017), a novel, Love Like Hate (2010), two books of stories, Fake House (2000) and Blood and Soap (2004), and six collections of poems, with a Collected Poems apparently cancelled by Chax Press from external pressure. 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 Flash Fiction International: Very Short Stories From Around the World, etc. I'm also editor of Night, Again: Contemporary Fiction from Vietnam (1996) and The Deluge: New Vietnamese Poetry (2013). My writing has been translated into Japanese, Italian, Spanish, French, Dutch, German, Portuguese, Korean, Arabic, Icelandic and Finnish, and I've been invited to read in Tokyo, London, Cambridge, Brighton, Paris, Berlin, Leipzig, Halle, Reykjavik, Toronto, Singapore and all over the US. I've also published widely in Vietnamese.