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Thursday, April 5, 2012

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Dude-from-Detroit--El-Paso









A homeless dude from Detroit with a diamond tattoo between his eyes. Twenty-eight-years old, he has had one real job in his life at 18, working at a factory for $10 an hour, with his biggest accomplishment to date the fact that he's been off heroin for two years. In Tucson, he hooked up with some girl for two nights, "the best pussy I've ever had, and it's not like I get that much pussy. Just look at me!" Elated, he went out to get some beer and was promptly hit by a car, resulting in a cracked hip and a broken shin.

"The next time you get great pussy, just pretend it's just nothing, that it's no big deal. That way, you won't get hit by a car, because as soon as you enjoy something too much, see, shit will surely happen. Major shit!"

"I don't know if you can put it like that because, when it comes right down to it, they're all about the same, if you ask me."

"So it wasn't really worth it, was it?"

"No, it wasn't, but I don't see the connection."

"Of course, there was. You congratulated yourself, you got a little too high, so shit had to happen. Maybe it would have been worth it if you were hit by a moped instead of a car? What kind of car was it?"

"Just a little sedan, but listen, man, I don't even think a moped would have been worth it."



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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.