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Thursday, March 9, 2017

I want to thank Luca Argel for translating

several of my poems into Portuguese. The latest:


UMA DECISÃO MORAL

Um homem encontrou-se naquela posição familiar de estar apaixonado por duas mulheres ao mesmo tempo. Ele estava casado com apenas uma delas e tomou a decisão moral de permanecer fiel à sua esposa. Ele também se condicionou a nunca pensar na segunda mulher, seja de forma erótica ou de qualquer outra forma. Ocasionalmente, porém, quando ele ficava um pouco bêbado, ou quando estava cansado demais, ele pensava que a solução ideal seria que a sua esposa sofresse uma morte rápida e violenta, para que ele pudesse consumar seu amor pela segunda mulher dentro de um contexto matrimonial, e sem que isso seja imoral em nenhum aspecto.

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A Moral Decision

A man found himself in the familiar position of being in love with two women at the same time. He was married to only one of them and made the moral decision to remain faithful to his wife. He also trained himself to never think about the second woman, in an erotic way or otherwise. Occasionally, however, when he was slightly drunk or overly tired, he would think that the ideal solution would be for his wife to die a quick, violent death, so that he could consummate his love for the second woman within the context of matrimony, without being immoral in any way.





[from Blood and Soap]



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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 a non-fiction book, Postcards from the End of America (2017), two books of stories, Fake House (2000) and Blood and Soap (2004), six of poems, All Around What Empties Out (2003), American Tatts (2005), Borderless Bodies (2006), Jam Alerts (2007), Some Kind of Cheese Orgy (2009) and A Mere Rica (2017), 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). 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.