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Saturday, July 24, 2010

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George-Stanley--Cleveland









George Stanley, of Mansfield, OH, showing me his SS tattoo, half assedly disguised with a star pattern. I pointed to two Chinese characters, "And what does that say?"

"I don't know."

"It says, I am a faggot," I informed him.

"I don't care what you are," he retorted, more from senility than wit.

George had reached a point in life when he wanted to confess everything, and he hardly cared how it came out. He talked about China, Russia, Vietnam and killing his own soldiers for not giving their all. Later, as we walked to the Greyhound station 11 blocks away, he was very nervous about the young black men on the streets, although one helped him up when he fell down. He showed me a pocket knife, "for self defense. I'll take care of us." He staggered and had to sit down a couple of times. "Please don't leave me!" At the station, he was two dollar short on his return ticket, so I covered for him. George introduced me to everyone as "a Vietnamese major."











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Born in Vietnam in 1963, I came to the US in 1975, and have also lived in Italy, England and Germany. I'm the author of a non-fiction book, Postcards from the End of America (2017), two books of stories, Fake House (2000) and Blood and Soap (2004), six of poems, All Around What Empties Out (2003), American Tatts (2005), Borderless Bodies (2006), Jam Alerts (2007), Some Kind of Cheese Orgy (2009) and A Mere Rica (2017), 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 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 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, Leipzig, Halle, Reykjavik, Toronto, Singapore and all over the US. I've also published widely in Vietnamese.