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Thursday, March 26, 2015

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North Pitt Street-on-3-24-15--Carlisle








Above is North Carlisle. East Carlisle, though, is the worst part of town, I was told.

Brandon, an Alibis bartender in his late 20's, "Some people are calling it Carlem, as in Carlyle and Harlem."

"Oh, come'on, man, it's not that bad. I walked through it this morning. I mean, the houses are not as well kept, but compared to places like Camden or Gary, Indiana, it's nothing! You should see some parts of Philly."

"I wouldn't walk through there at night. Four or five years ago, a woman got shot."

With a population of just under 19,000, Carlisle has had three murders since 2000.

With 27,396 people, Bella Vista/Southwark, my Philly neighborhood, has had 31 murders during the same period.



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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.