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The poet Victoria Chang is an expert at imagining herself as multiplicitous selves who move through times, places, and bodies. In her collection Barbie Chang, she repeatedly revisits one version of selfhood, playing with a poetic narrative and protagonist that consistently contradict. In her latest, OBIT, she revisits this formally persistent pursuit of a self, except now Victoria Chang, the author, has died. She died on this date, and that date, a little more then, less now. OBIT is a book about grief and grieving, but it is formally propulsive, looking forward as well as back, maintaining absurdity and humor. Her lines sway through the pages. There is lightness. Victoria Chang lives. Chang is a contributing editor at Copper Nickel, Tupelo Quarterly, and On the Seawall, and the Program Chair of Antioch University’s low-residency MFA Program.
Daniel Handler is the author of the novels The Basic Eight, Watch Your Mouth, Adverbs, All The Dirty Parts. As Lemony Snicket, he has written the best-selling series All The Wrong Questions, as well as A Series of Unfortunate Events.