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Sunday, July 28, 2013

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MISFIT--Chester








Thirty-years-old, she was born in Chester. From 17 to 26, she lived in Williamsport, in the idyllic Poconos, where she worked in a group home for retarded people. Then she moved back to Chester to work as an emergency medical technician, that is, in an ambulance, before they let her go. She admitted that business was down at the Gold Room, Chester's biggest bar, and no one she knew was doing well, "But we're in a recovery nationally, right?"

"No," I said, "and it's only going to get worse."

"You think so?"

"Yes, I travel all over the country, and it's the same shit all over, and everyone I talk to says they're not doing well. Well, eight or nine out of ten, anyway. Almost no one is doing well."

"So what should we do?"

"You just have to cover your own ass, that's all."

In retrospect, I should have said, "You just have to cover your own skull, that's all," or, better yet, "We just have to cover each other's flaming skull, that's all."



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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 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 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). 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, Leipzig, Halle, Reykjavik, Toronto, Singapore and all over the US. I've also published widely in Vietnamese.