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Friday, December 26, 2014

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Outside-Bentley's-Place-on-Christmas-Eve--Kensington








Christmas Eve in Kensington. Behind me were eight more cops.



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2 comments:

Chuck Olroski said...

Linh Dinh's Dickens 911 Christmas present.

Shudder what's beyond Linh's all-seeing lens, what incident has summoned the ten (10) Philadelphia cops to patrol?

I don't know, but Quang Duc, Mississippi, and our fiddle asses are burning.

Linh Dinh said...

Yo Chuck,

In 2007, a Philadelphia Weekly article ranked Kensington and Somerset as the worst drug corner in all of Philly:


10) 1600-1900 W. Wingohocking St., Tioga.

9) Fifth and Carpenter sts., Pennsport.

8) 52nd and Market sts., West Philadelphia.

7) A and Westmoreland sts., Fairhill.

6) Bridge and Hawthorne sts., Frankford.

5) "The Box": 21st and McKean sts. to 23rd and McKean sts., north to 21st and Sigel sts. through 23rd and Sigel sts., Girard Estates.

4) 17th and Jefferson sts., Poplar.

3) Fifth and Westmoreland sts., Fairhill.

2) Third and Indiana sts., Fairhill.

1) Kensington and Somerset sts., Kensington.


But since the cops are out in force here every night, the drug dealers just operate starting at a couple of blocks over in every direction.


Linh

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Born in Vietnam in 1963, I lived mostly in the US from 1975 until 2018, but have returned to Vietnam, where I live in remote Ea Kly. I've also lived in Italy, England and Germany. I'm the author of a non-fiction book, Postcards from the End of America (2017), a novel, Love Like Hate (2010), two books of stories, Fake House (2000) and Blood and Soap (2004), and six collections of poems, with a Collected Poems apparently cancelled by Chax Press from external pressure. 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 Japanese, Italian, Spanish, French, Dutch, German, Portuguese, Korean, Arabic, Icelandic and Finnish, and I've been invited to read in Tokyo, London, Cambridge, Brighton, Paris, Berlin, Leipzig, Halle, Reykjavik, Toronto, Singapore and all over the US. I've also published widely in Vietnamese.