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Linh Dinh was born in Saigon, Vietnam, in 1963 and immigrated to the United States in 1975. He attended the University of the Arts in Philadelphia and started his career as a painter before turning to poetry.

Dinh is the author of five books of poetry: Some Kind of Cheese Orgy (Chax Press, 2009), Jam Alerts (Chax Press, 2007), Borderless Bodies (Factory School, 2006), American Tatts (Chax Press, 2005), and All Around What Empties Out (Tinfish, 2003). He has also authored two short story collections and a novel, Love Like Hate (Seven Stories Press, 2010).

Dinh is the cofounder of the art and literary journal The Drunken Boat and the recipient of a Pew Fellowship of the Arts. He lives in Philadelphia.


Bibliography

Poetry

Some Kind of Cheese Orgy (Chax Press, 2009)
Jam Alerts (Chax Press, 2007)
Borderless Bodies (Factory School, 2006)
American Tatts (Chax Press, 2005)
All Around What Empties Out (Tinfish, 2003)

Fiction

Love Like Hate (Seven Stories Press, 2010)

A Reactionary Tale

Linh Dinh

I was a caring husband. I bought socks for my family.

My swarthy wife liked to wear these thick woolen socks that came
up to her milky thighs.

I had a lover also. People could see me walking around each
evening carrying a walking stick.

My most vivid memory, looking back, is of a pink froth bubbling
out of my infant's mouth.

Not everything was going so well: one morning, malnourished
soldiers marched down our tiny street, bringing good news.

When good news arrives by mail, the cuckoo sang, tear up the
envelope. When good news arrives by e-mail, destroy the
computer.

When an old friend came by to reclaim an old wound, I said to my
oldest son: Go dump daddy's ammo boxes into the fragrant river.

To reduce drag, some of my neighbors were diving headfirst into a
shallow lake.

We were rich and then we were poor. A small dog or maybe a cat
now pulls our family wagon.

From Black Dog, Black Night: Contemporary Vietnamese Poetry, edited and translated by Nguyen Do and Paul Hoover. Copyright © 2008 by Linh Dihn. Used by permission of Milkweed Editions. All rights reserved.

From Black Dog, Black Night: Contemporary Vietnamese Poetry, edited and translated by Nguyen Do and Paul Hoover. Copyright © 2008 by Linh Dihn. Used by permission of Milkweed Editions. All rights reserved.

Linh Dinh

Linh Dinh was born in Saigon, Vietnam, in 1963 and immigrated to the United States in 1975. He attended the University of the Arts in Philadelphia and started his career as a painter before turning to poetry.