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Monday, June 29, 2015

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Je t'aime--Wilkes-Barre










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5 comments:

Chuck Olroski said...

Standing in front of this boarded-up house, as Linh excitedly took picture, he had to interpret the words for me, "I love you." For me, the boarded house still tries to speak and help the lost (like me) get over the difficulty of having daily conversation with those I profess to love.

Am tuning into CNN now, and cast away what the house said.

Linh Dinh said...

Hi all,

In college, Chuck studied Bulgarian, I'm not kidding. Chuck was chosen to be a Fulbright scholar to Bulgaria but his trip was canceled at the last moment due to Cold War politics.

French and Spanish may mystify Chuck, but don't try to slip any sly Bulgarian past the man.


Linh

Chuck Olroski said...

When wife Carol and I were dating, Winter-Spring 1986, we used to go on dates, and having little expendable money, we'd go "parking" on deserted Taylor back roads. Preparing to study Pan Slavism's impact upon the Bulgarian revolution. I had to gain a measure of fluency in the language. So in between smooches and embraces, I'd momentarily look at my car's dashboard where I had duct taped Bulgarian verbs, and their conjugation. These days, Carol and I chuckle about our scholarly "romance" and she definitely remembers more passionate Bulgarian words than I do.

Ian Keenan said...

Former IMF Managing Director Dominique Strauss-Kahn comes to Wilkes-Barre to pay a surprise visit to a former Sofitel chambermaid.

Ian Keenan said...

"For the last two years I have been making a series of paintings with "je t'aime" written across them in calligraphy of the painting, sometime tenderly, sometimes with a shriek. - I never thought much about it, but I am sure in part it is some kind of emphasis or existing in what is thought." - Robert Motherwell, 1956

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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.