WHEN WAS THE LAST TIME VIETNAM EXISTED AS A NORMAL COUNTRY?

– YAHOO! ANSWERS

Susan Nguyen

ISSUE ELEVEN | FALL 2018

In 1954, Vietnam was temporarily divided at the 17th parallel following the Geneva Accords.

“We can describe intuitively their characteristics, but there is no set definition for [the line and the point]: they, along with the plane, are the undefined terms of geometry. All other geometric definitions and concepts are built on the undefined ideas of the point, line and plane. Nevertheless, we shall try to define them.” – Wikibooks page titled “Geometry/Points, Lines, Line Segments and Rays”  

 

The distance between two parallel lines is myth

Assuming the lines exist in a single plane, this myth is the free zone

Free means demilitarized

Zone means area

 

Say normal

Say we do not exist

Say how

 

A closed line segment is bound by two endpoints

A single point can have an unlimited number of lines passing through it

 

A line performs division

runs infinitely  

Its other job is political

 

When two lines intersect, the distance between them contracts to zero

If two lines do not exist in a single plane, they are considered skewed

The distance between two skewed lines is memory

 

         Say in living memory

                     in loving memory

         Say why do you expect us to exist

 

We define ourselves in relation to one another although we are indefinable

Remembering a place that no longer exists requires distance            myth     

 

A line is drawn and then erased

          Say we lived unbounded until we lived on one side            

Say a single memory has no endpoints

 

Susan Nguyen hails from Virginia but currently lives and writes in the desert. She is the poetry editor for Hayden's Ferry Review and is the recipient of the Aleida Rodriguez Memorial Award in Creative Writing and several fellowships from the Virginia G. Piper Center for Creative Writing. She was a finalist for the 2018 Pablo Neruda Prize for Poetry. Her work can be found in PANK, diode, The Rumpus, and elsewhere. Visit her at girlpoet.co

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