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Monday, April 8, 2013

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Bimbo--Colorado







From Denver to Salt Lake City, I observed this one man in his late 30's. At each rest stop, he never bought any food. but only smoked. From Denver to Granby, CO, he was my seatmate, and that's why I was able to photograph this loaf of white bread. He said he was from outside Tulsa, and traveling to Boise, where he had a sister. Sister and brother would then drive to Vegas, where they could blow at least part of the sister's $4,000 tax return, "We won't gamble much, maybe just $30 or $40 at a time." Fun over, they'd head to Bakersfield, CA, to see relatives. He would be away from home three weeks. Now, any man who could be gone that long was likely unemployed, and broke too, as Bimbo was all he had to chew on for two days.



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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.