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Monday, September 5, 2016


Man who had relaxed on gurney--Center City

13th and Locust. From across the street, I saw him relaxing on a gurney, so I thought maybe he was an emergency worker taking a break. There were ambulances and firetrucks nearby. From the subway concourse, emergency workers emerged carrying a badly hurt woman, and they had to shout at this asshole to get off the gurney so they could place the victim on it. Casually and leisurely, he got off and slowly wandered away, only to return to reclaim his corner.

Checking the news, I've found nothing about what happened to the woman. My first assumption was she had fallen off the subway platform. She had a bloody head injury.


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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.