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Wednesday, February 28, 2018

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Lady of the Mekong Church--Akreiy Ksatr 3






Under Pol Pot, Cambodian Communists destroyed temples and churches, including Phnom Penh's cathedral, and killed many monks and priests. They wrecked religious statues or threw them into rivers. Two statues of the Virgin Mary were later fished out of the Mekong. The first was discovered by a Cham Muslim, but he thought it was just scrap metal. Since it was too heavy to be pulled up by himself, he sold its location to eight Vietnamese for $7.50. The second Virgin Mary was found by a Vietnamese Buddhist after a dream. Both statues are now at the church.



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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.