Victoria Chang

Victoria Chang’s forthcoming book of poems, With My Back to the World, will be published in 2024 by Farrar, Straus and Giroux. Her latest book of poetry is The Trees Witness Everything (Copper Canyon Press, 2022) and her nonfiction book, Dear Memory (Milkweed Editions), was published in 2021. OBIT (Copper Canyon Press, 2020), received the Los Angeles Times Book Prize, the Anisfield-Wolf Book Award in Poetry, and the PEN/Voelcker Award for Poetry.

Summer 2023

Wheat, 1957

By Victoria Chang

The Kenyon Review · “Wheat, 1957” by Victoria Chang I waited three months to see the wheat. When I finally entered the small heptagon that they had built for Agnes’s […]

Summer 2023

Untitled #10, 2002

By Victoria Chang

The Kenyon Review · “Untitled #10, 2002” by Victoria Chang What happens if these aren’t pastoral or war poems? When I can feel the light I carry on my back […]

Winter 2005

Lantern Festival

By Victoria Chang

—In December 1937, the Japanese army invaded the Chinese city Nanking. Within weeks, more than three hundred thousand Chinese civilians and soldiers were raped, tortured, and murdered.   Some open […]

Winter 2005

Cardinal

By Victoria Chang

The cardinal’s crest, hues of spark and fire, its body jerking back and forth, wings ripping rapidly at air, a machine of flesh and bone fluttering against my car’s side […]

Winter 2005

Instinct

By Victoria Chang

—In 2002, Lee Boyd Malvo and John Allen Muhammad killed ten people and wounded three in sniper attacks surrounding Washington, D.C.  Because they are aware somehow, and cannot fleefrom their […]

Summer 2023

Mountain, 1960

By Victoria Chang

The Kenyon Review · “Mountain, 1960” by Victoria Chang Agnes tells us to hold our minds empty and tranquil as they are, and recognize our feelings at the same time. […]

July/Aug 2018

Obit

By Victoria Chang

Obit Friendships—died June 24, 2009, once beloved but not consistently beloved. Now trembling, terrified. The mirror won the battle. I am now imprisoned in the mirror. All my selves spread […]

Summer 2008

Sparrows

By Victoria Chang

—During Mao’s “four pests” campaign against four evils: rats, flies, mosquitoes, and sparrows. I want to pull one down, look into its eye—     there would be a village, thatch, megaphone, […]