Obit (Paperback)

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Obit (Paperback)


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When someone you love dies, everything dies. Her blue dress dies. Empathy dies. Friendships die. You, having survived, die. Obit is a stunning lyrical distillation of grief, written by Victoria Chang after the death of her mother. Initially refusing to write elegies for fear of clich , Chang heard the word "obit" and was moved by the strength of its sound, the long O and the hard T. She began writing obituaries for the many casualties of death-one long, skinny rectangle to chronicle each person, experience, object gone-and this became a new form with which to study sorrow. Chang's poetic obituaries are punctuated by formal interruptions, including a series of tankas that reflect on the emotional paradox of parenting while grappling with parental loss. In writing a book about grief, Victoria Chang has held a mirror to life-Obit reveals a stubborn search for language and for hope.

Born in Detroit, Michigan to Taiwanese immigrants, Victoria Chang was educated at the University of Michigan, Harvard University, and Stanford Business School and holds an MFA in poetry from the Warren Wilson MFA Program for Writers. She is the author of five books of poetry, including Circle; Salvinia Molesta; and The Boss, which received a PEN Center USA Literary Award as well as a California Book Award. Her children's picture book, Is Mommy? was named a New York Times Notable Book. She lives in Southern California with her family and serves as the Program Chair of Antioch's Low-Residency MFA Program.
Product Details ISBN: 9781556595745
ISBN-10: 1556595743
Publisher: Copper Canyon Press
Publication Date: February 9th, 2023
Pages: 120
Language: English