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Wednesday, March 25, 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 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.