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After her mother died, poet Victoria Chang refused to write elegies. Rather, she distilled her grief during a feverish two weeks by writing scores of poetic obituaries for all she lost in the world. In Obit, Chang writes of "the way memory gets up after someone has died and starts walking." These poems reinvent the form of newspaper obituary to both name what has died ...more
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Expected publication: April 14th 2020 by Copper Canyon Press
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Basia
Jan 04, 2020 rated it it was amazing
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Obit is not a book to read in one sitting. It would be too hard on the heart, I think. Even reading this book over the course of several days, these anti-elegies in the face of reckless loss, constellated by tankas and a stream of sonnets flowing down the middle, these obits for teeth and affection, for guilt and time, for America and dresses, left me windless. Victoria Chang artfully tests the capacity of metaphor as she writes about her father's failing health, her mother's dying, the ...more
amanda
Jan 02, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I don’t know if I should have read this in the state that I’m in currently.

I don’t regret it however.

This is different from any other book of poetry I’ve read before and was handled and written in such a lovely way.

Death and grief is something that unfortunately we all have to deal with in our lifetimes and there’s no guide on how to navigate through it.

Obit reflects not just on the life of Victoria Chang’s mother but on her family and herself as well. The motions of illness, inner turmoil, and
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Victoria Chang's new book of poems, OBIT, is forthcoming in 2020 by Copper Canyon Press. Her middle grade novel, Love, Love, is forthcoming in 2020 by Sterling Books. Other books are Barbie Chang, The Boss, Salvinia Molesta, and Circle.

She has also published a picture book, "Is Mommy?", illustrated by Marla Frazee and published by Beach Lane Books/Simon & Schuster. She lives in Southern
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