Victoria Chang


Writer and editor Victoria Chang earned a BA in Asian studies from the University of Michigan, an MA in Asian studies from Harvard University, an MBA from Stanford University, and an MFA from the Warren Wilson MFA Program for Writers. Her collections of poetry include Circle (2005), winner of the Crab Orchard Review Award Series in Poetry; Salvinia Molesta (2008); The Boss (2013); and Barbie Chang (2017). Her poems have been published in the Kenyon Review, Poetry, the Threepenny Review, and Best American Poetry 2005. In 2017, she was awarded a Guggenheim Fellowship. Chang is the editor of the anthology Asian American Poetry: The Next Generation (2004). In addition to editing, she writes children's books and teaches in Antioch University’s MFA program. She lives in Southern California with her family. Source

Is It Rude for Barbie Chang

Is it rude for Barbie Chang to tell men

     she doesn’t love them


just the idea of them what if we don’t

     even love living but just


the idea of it pictures always look

     lovely but it was an


ugly day if women were actually paid

     the same as men would


we all just pass on the highest bidder

     who says it’s a privilege


to be romantic romance with its antics

     and its time limits like the


nut that never tells us or other nuts

     when it will let go


we stand under the tree ready to 

     collect them with our 


arms wide open as in waltzing who

     authored the word love


does anyone know the author’s original

     intent does it matter


that no one knows exactly what it means

     does it matter that it


might signify everything what if we never

     needed a word for it


what if it is shapeless and composed

     of gestures if we name


the thing love it doesn’t mean it

     will last a nut does its


best to last but at some point just falls


     like all the others before it





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Love & Relationships


Literary Devices:


two lines of verse, usually in the same meter and joined by rhyme, that form a unit

Extended Metaphor

a metaphor that extends through several lines or even an entire poem

Internal Rhyme

A rhyme involving a word in the middle of a line and another at the end of the line or in the middle of the next.


The use of multiple words with the same root in different forms.


a comparison between two unlike things using the words “like” or “as”