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.
I want a story to keep me company while you stare at your phone in bed. Any story. That a man named Solon planned the whole city of Athens while in love with his mother’s friend’s son. He broke his hand once trying to catch a turtle which had slipped from the roof of a temple
is what I want to be told while you play scrabble against any number of people you haven’t seen in years
The end is unconscious the moment it arrives. Every decade,
the apocalypse comes. It goes. Some are changed, or feel
changed, some cast out, weary as meat, and a lioness appears.
In a better dream, my body sees its end in every other.