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Multiplying Ground Zero

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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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Multiplying Ground Zero

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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 Hate, scheduled to be released in 2008 by Seven Stories Press. His work has been anthologized in several editions of Best American Poetry and Great American Prose Poems from Poe to the Present, among other places. Linh Dinh is also the editor of the anthologies Night, Again: Contemporary Fiction from Vietnam (Seven Stories Press 1996) and Three Vietnamese Poets (Tinfish 2001), and translator of Night, Fish and Charlie Parker, the poetry of Phan Nhien...

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