Multiplying Ground Zero

By Linh Dinh b. 1963 Linh Dinh
Ground zero refers to the detonation point
Of a bomb of any size, from one strapped
To the waist, to the Fat Man, to the Massive
Ordinance Air Burst. Like the Daisy Cutter,
The M.O.A.B. explodes just above the ashen clay
To insure that it spreads its sentiment sideways.

Linh Dinh, “Multiplying Ground Zero” from Borderless Bodies. Copyright © 2005 by Linh Dinh. Reprinted by permission of Factory School.

Source: Borderless Bodies (Factory School, 2005)

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Poet Linh Dinh b. 1963

Subjects Social Commentaries, War & Conflict

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Linh Dinh was born in Saigon, Vietnam in 1963, came to the U.S. in 1975, and has also lived in Italy and England. He is the author of two collections of stories, Fake House (Seven Stories Press 2000) and Blood and Soap (Seven Stories Press 2004), four books of poems, All Around What Empties Out (Tinfish 2003), American Tatts (Chax 2005), Borderless Bodies (Factory School 2006) and Jam Alerts (Chax 2007), with a novel, Love Like . . .

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