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Thursday, August 27, 2015


Man sleeping next to crutches on Broadway on 8-27-15--Camden

[Broadway, Camden's main drag]



Linh Dinh said...

I should say that in Vietnam, for example, those crutches would be gone within seconds. We will experience that level of destitution...

Unknown said...

Sad part is that those very needed crutches probably wouldn't be stolen out of need and taken to a scrap yard... Mean-spirited hate would most likely guarantee that a block or so away they'd be smacked into a telephone pole or something and thrown in somebody's back yard. Every time I read of having a garden, I think of why we gave up. Our town isn't in any way large, but every time my wife would some tomatoes that were on the verge of picking time, I'd get up to go to work and find them splattered on the alley side of our back shed.

At first I'd thought our oldest son was joking when he told me that every home should have a copy of the "Zombie Survival Guide". When he pointed out some of the advice, I quit laughing.

Your pics always leave me wishing I could do more than spend a few minutes in prayer...

Linh Dinh said...

Hi Unknown,

I don't know the Zombie Survival Guide, but I'll google it to see if I can read an excerpt. Sounds intriguing.


Swza said...

that's depressing to read. Is there a comparable homeless population in Vietnam?

Linh Dinh said...

Hi Szwa,

There are enough homeless in Vietnam but you also have millions of very destitute people living in cramped quarters in miserable conditions. Their living arrangements would shock even American slum dwellers.



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.