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Sunday, March 15, 2015

Seagull Lecturing Bottom Dwelling Fish


What the fuck is wrong with you?
While everybody else is uplifting themselves,
You lie there, all day long, on the fuckin’ bottom!
You make friends with dregs, tossed bottles and shit
As you stay clear of anyone who tries to help you.
You’re terrified of a more enlightened existence!
You’re just afraid of success, that’s my verdict.
You adore the dark, the darker the better and
Don’t even know how unhealthy your life is!
For years, I’ve been trying to help you, to lift you
Out of your dismal hellhole, but I’m losing patience.
Soon as you see me, you burrow even deeper
Into your Dantesque abyss, your muck, your madness.



crazyfacehands said...

this one is good.

Anonymous said...

Great poem Linh. Positioned below your picture of five destroyed Camden family homes, the former tenants (or those that would have replaced them) sent to "the bottom" by a society that does not give a shit--perfect. --Gordon in Nebraska

Linh Dinh said...

May a giant seagull save you all from all your troubles.


About Me

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.