Barbie Chang

Barbie Chang

by Victoria Chang

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Overview

"With astringent understatement and wry economy, with nuance and intelligence and an enviable command of syntax and poetic line, Victoria Chang dissects the venerable practices of cultural piety and self-regard. She is a master of the thumbnail narrative. She can wield a dark eroticism. She is determined to tackle subject matter that is not readily subdued to the proportions of lyric. Her talent is conspicuous."—Linda Gregerson

"Chang's voice is equal parts searing, vulnerable, and terrified."— American Poets

In Barbie Chang , Victoria Chang explores racial prejudice, sexual privilege, and the disillusionment of love through a reimagining of Barbie—perfect in the cultural imagination yet repeatedly falling short as she pursues the American dream.

This energetic string of linked poems is full of wordplay, humor, and biting social commentary involving the quote-unquote speaker, Barbie Chang, a disillusioned Asian-American suburbanite. By turns woeful and passionate, playful and incisive, these poems reveal a voice insisting that "even silence is not silent."

From "Barbie Chang Lives":

Barbie Chang lives on Facebook has a house on Facebook street so she can erase herself Facebook is a country with no trees it allows her to believe people love her don't want to cover her Barbie Chang . . .

Victoria Chang is the author of three previous poetry books. In 2013, she won the PEN Center USA Literary Award and a California Book Award. Chang teaches poetry at Chapman University and lives in Southern California.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781556595165
Publisher: Copper Canyon Press
Publication date: 11/14/2017
Pages: 96
Sales rank: 771,919
Product dimensions: 5.90(w) x 8.70(h) x 0.50(d)

About the Author

Victoria Chang: Victoria Chang is the author of three previous poetry books, Circle, Salvinia Molesta, and The Boss. In 2013 she won the PEN Center USA Literary Award and a California Book Award. Ms. Chang teaches poetry at Chapman University and lives in Southern California.

Table of Contents

Once Barbie Chang Worked 3

I

Barbie Chang Parks 7

Barbie Chang's Father Paid 9

Barbie Chang Runs 11

Once Barbie Chang Loved 13

Barbie Chang Shakes 14

Barbie Chang Can't Stop Watching 16

Mr. Darcy Leans 18

Is a Windcatcher 20

The Prognosis Is Poor 21

Barbie Chang Got Her Hair Done 23

Mr. Darcy Takes Barbie Chang 25

Barbie Chang Loves Evites 26

These Men Can Be Collected 28

Barbie Chang Has No Intention 30

Mr. Darcy Grabs 32

Barbie Chang's Father Calls 34

Barbie Chang Waits 36

II

Dear P. 41

III

The Doctor Says Hospice 51

Mr. Darcy Comes Again 53

Barbie Chang Vows to Quit 55

Barbie Chang's Tears 56

There Are Lungs 58

Mr. Darcy Grows 60

Barbie Chang's Daughter 61

Then Barbie Chang 63

Barbie Chang Keeps Watching 64

Barbie Chang Wants to Be Someone 66

In the End Elizabeth 68

Is It Rude for Barbie Chang 70

Barbie Chang's Mother Calls 72

Once a Man Said Everything 74

Barbie Chang Refuses 76

In and Out These Men Go 77

Some Days Barbie Chang 78

Barbie Chang Should Have Seen 80

Barbie Chang Is Done 83

Barbie Chang Pokes Through 85

How Alone Barbie Chang's Mother 87

IV

Dear P. There will be a circle 91

Dear P. Let her let them 92

Dear P. Someone will love you 93

Dear P. If you are like me 94

Dear P. Please forage please do not 95

Dear P. One night the power 96

Dear P. Now that my heart 97

Acknowledgments 98

About the Author 99

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