My father arrived on a rainy morning. I was dreaming about a poem, the dull thluck thluck of a typewriter’s keys punching out the letters. It was a good poem—perhaps the best I’d ever written. When I woke, he was standing outside my bedroom door, smiling ambiguously. Still groggy with dream, I lifted my face toward the alarm clock.
“What time is it?”
“Hello, Son,” he said in Vietnamese. “I knocked for a long time. Then the door just opened.”
The fields are glass, I thought. Then tum-ti-ti, a dactyl, end line, then the words excuse and alloy in…
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