Postcards from the End of America

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Wednesday, July 29, 2015

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National Guard ad featuring Asian woman on 7-28-15--South Philly










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Panhandler who said he was happy on 7-28-15--Kensington








[Kensington]. Showing him this image on my camera's view finer, I said, "You look too happy!"

"That's because I am happy!" Then, "My sister is in Montgomery County. She has a house, horses, birds, cars, but is she happy? No! She's miserable."

"She won't help you out?"

"I don't want her money. It's dirty money!" Then, "Actually, she earned it, but I don't want her money. I consider it dirty money because she's so unhappy."



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Man begging across the street from Visitation Church on 7-28-15--Kensington








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Chicken Man on 7-28-15--Kensington








Chicken Man usually dances on South Street for tips, but yesterday, I found him in Kensington. When kid in the background picked up a used heroin needle, Chicken Man grabbed it from him and threw it into the storm drain. "No, no, you don't play with that!"

Here's Chicken Man busting some moves in his apartment:




"I let it rain. I clear it up.
I let it rain.
I clear it up.

Chicken noodle soup,
Chicken noodle soup,
Chicken noodle soup,
Wit a soda on the side."



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Jack's Famous Bar on 7-28-15--Kensington








Jack's Famous Bar in Kensington. Jimmy (56), Patty (67-year-old bartender on day off) and Bob (51). Black dude I haven't talked to. Also, here are some images of Jack's from last Christmas, 1, 2 and 3, and two poems about Jack's, 1 and 2.

I also mention Jack's in this Vietnamese article, "Phận di cư."



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Sol Caribe Sports Bar--Kensington








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Kids in front of Visitation Church--Kensington








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Tuesday, July 28, 2015

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Outside Walter Rand station on 5-18-15--Camden 5










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Homeless man and US flag set--Center City











Homeless man and US flag set--Center City (detail)










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Monday, July 27, 2015

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Shirtless man on ground with pizza box--Center City











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Become a Practical Nurse billboard--Center City










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TT CUT ON 7-25-15--Kensington








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LEARN LIVE--Kensington








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Sunday, July 26, 2015

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Community--Kensington








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Check cashing store at Kensington and Allegheny on 7-25-15--Kensington








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Check cashing store at Kensington and Clearfield on 7-25-15--Kensington








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About Me

Born in Vietnam in 1963, I came to the US in 1975, and have also lived in Italy and England. 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 Hopeless: Barack Obama and the Politics of Illusion, among other places. I'm also editor of Night, Again: Contemporary Fiction from Vietnam (1996) and The Deluge: New Vietnamese Poetry (2013), and translator of Night, Fish and Charlie Parker, the poetry of Phan Nhien Hao (2006). 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, Reykjavik, Toronto and all over the US. I've also published widely in Vietnamese.