Barbie Chang

Barbie Chang

Copper Canyon Press, 2017

"In her fourth collection, Victoria Chang is at her best-employing sharp language play and breathless turns in poems that ring vivid, humorous, and true.  Barbie Chang is an energetic social commentary whose eponymous heroine is a perpetual outsider, failing at the impossible task of fitting in with 'the beautiful mothers at school' who 'form a perfect circle.'  We follow Barbie Chang on romantic misadventures with 'Mr. Darcy,' and--profoundly-through the heartbreak and humility of caring for ailing parents.  Two stunning sonnet sequences intersect Barbie's narrative with first-person lyricism and urgency, revealing the great emotional undercurrents that animate these pages: love and desire."

Read Sample Poems

Barbie Chang's Tears
Barbie Chang Refuses
How Alone Barbie Chang’s Mother