Linh Dinh
K-9 Dogs

I'm sitting in a room with K-9 dogs.

One more ugly person in the world.

A mother has claimed she's not my queen.


The lobe of an ear costs ten-weeks' paychecks.

Two hippies and a faggot.

Useless questions eloquently posed.


A posse cannot but what it seems.

One more pair of jeans with a hole in it.

An extension cord hanging from the ceiling.


A cellist stoops to take a bow.

His cropped skull has no scars to mar it.

Although his nose has just been punched.


I drank two beers and ate a pretzel.

Two Mozarts flank me on both sides.

Across the room is the Dalai Lama.


His immaculate head has been spit shined.

How many more times must I say this.

Nowhere but here can it matter.

Found In Volume 27, No. 04
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About the Author

Linh Dinh is the author of two collections of stories, Fake House (Seven Stories Press, 2000) and Blood and Soap (Seven Stories Press, 2004), and five books of poems, All Around What Empties Out (Tinfish, 2003), American Tatts (Chax, 2005), Borderless Bodies (Factory School, 2006), Jam Alerts (Chax, 2007), and Some Kind of Cheese Orgy (Chax, 2009). His first novel Love Like Hate (Seven Stories Press) was published in October 2010.