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Tuesday, February 15, 2011

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Abdul--Camden









Abdul has been selling on the streets for 7 years, but business is getting worse and worse. He's planning on moving to Senegal, where he has a wife. Years ago, he was busted for drugs, a wrong conviction, he claims, and locked up for 3 1/2 years. In prison, he converted to Islam. Out, he visited Senegal. As he walked into a Western Union, the lady behind the counter exclaimed, "You're my husband! I saw you in a dream."

His wife is 40-years old, and "doesn't have a bad thought," Abdul said. "She can't be any better!" She does not want to come to the States, so he will come to her. He's having a house built over there for $20,000. He sends her boxes of old clothes to sell. "American clothes are popular in Senegal," he explained. "Even used clothes."

"Where do you get old clothes? Where do you buy them?"

"I don't buy them. I get them from my relatives!"





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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.