Winter 2011 • Vol. XXXIII No. 1 Poetry |

Elegy as a Box of Staples

A crow scores the wind, elects to whore here, lamping all that was asleep in panic. Its call breaks the panes of our stomachs, sends a wire-thin charge into the vertical drop of our bodies. How the crow sounds like a baby's rough-sawn cry. A box of staples loose on the driveway. Even the earth is coming undone.

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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.

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