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Thursday, January 22, 2015





U.S.S. Maine
Sunk by
U.S.S. city of washington

Ten Kings
and Ten US Generals
unified combat command
(Rev 13)

Jackie shot
President John F.

Hawaii was
attacked by American
planes Dec 1941

June 6, 1967
Times of the Gentiles
Luke 21:24
Rev 10:7

Bottomless pit

September 11, 2001
Eight men out (Pilots)

Atomic Bomb
is a
John 14:1



Ian Keenan said...

The city should auction off these telephone poles to pay the teachers.

Linh Dinh said...

Yo Ian,

I understand the notion, and it is better than most poems I read, but who would pay for this 2014 Best Buy composition?

I imagine this guy to be in his mid-60's, at least. I found this at Broad and Christian. (To those outside Philly, it is a poor but not overly dangerous part of town, and right on the edge of downtown gentrification, pushing South.)


Anonymous said...

Hey Linh, how do you figure the guy is in his mid-60's, at least?

Linh Dinh said...

His ranging over US history from the U.S.S. Maine to 9/11, and his belief that his references would even make sense to random people on the street make me think of an isolated, older man, that's all. Most young people have no sense of history, don't care about it, and those who are of working age and daily engaged with society wouldn't be putting up Best Buy stickers with messages on utility poles. I also dismiss this as some sort of clever, punk joke since his scribbling is too hard to decipher and inconspicuous. It's just not brash enough.

Linh Dinh said...

My favorite:

"Jackie shot
President John F.

That's better than anything Basquiat scribbled on his paintings!

Chuck Olroski said...

Linh: Marriage to high level and amorous US politicians can put betrayed wives into an Occupational Hazard / Health Insurance category. They smile by day, get smashed by night, and some might take a shot at their man's little head.

A theory? The weird guy doing Best Buy compositions might be stuck on JFK's frolic with Judith Exner.

Ian Keenan said...

L'flarf naïf

The flarfists are mostly in NY - supply and demand. Plus the Best Buy signs reassure collectors.


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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.