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Saturday, February 22, 2014

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Yelled-at-woman--Youngstown








This 64-year-old woman has a 62-year-old, gravely ill sister, so she came up from Florida to see her sibling, who lives just outside Youngstown. Seconds after she had gotten off the bus, however, some crazed woman started to scream at her, "Don't you call me no dirty black bitch! Fuck you! Don't you be fuckin' messin' with me!" On and on it went in that vein, so I approached the screamer, "She ain't calling you nothing. She's just an old woman. Chill!" And the screamer calmed down long enough until a security guard showed up to tell her to beat it. The old woman's taxi finally arrived. Before she took off, she said, "I get off the bus, get screamed at, and now I'm giving this strange man a hug!"



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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.