Victoria Chang’s most recent book is OBIT, published by Copper Canyon Press in 2020. OBIT received the Anisfield-Wolf Book Prize, the PEN Voelcker Award in Poetry, and the Los Angeles Times Book Award and a finalist for the National Book Critics Book Award and the Griffin Poetry Prize. Chang’s other poetry books are Barbie Chang, The Boss, Salvinia Molesta, and Circle. She lives in Los Angeles.
Last summer, when I played “Will the Circle Be Unbroken” with Kent and Maurice Manning in the living room at the French House, Wyatt stood nearby, contributing harmony vocals. Which was as it should be, since it all goes back to him and the special atmosphere he’s created on the Mountain, where so many people’s dreams begin to come true.
She drops the tooth in the pan, packs my cheek to sop the blood. I’m telling her about the mole on my hand I’m sure is cancer. Runs in my family. My aunt with the scar smeared between her breasts. My grandfather’s bones riddled with it. She tells me to relax. I’m fine. I’m not fine, and she pretends not to hear. I try telling her about my ex, the