Rough beast out there. Everywhere
You're laid, it slouches. Don't steer
To Bethlehem. I miss that soot
More than my checks and ozone.
"Act now, dodge later," uncle spat,
"Build your McShack here, patriot."
Done, a giddy century of smoke.
Excuse me while I check my
Diversified stock porfolio.
Bethlehem Steel 16
Linh Dinh is the author of two collections of stories, Fake House (2000) and Blood and Soap (2004), four books of poems, All Around What Empties Out (2003), American Tatts (2005), Borderless Bodies (2006) and Jam Alerts (2007), with a novel, Love Like Hate, scheduled to be released in 2010 by Seven Stories Press. His work has been anthologized in Best American Poetry 2000, 2004, 2007 and Great American Prose Poems from Poe to the Present, among many other places.