Mr. Darcy talks to the same woman

says the same things


over and over every waiter looks like

him Barbie Chang


slouches on couches ready for redlining

there are red lions in all


of her dreams they spew out reams

of his long brown hair


when will it be her turn when can she

move onto another


town and wait in her gown for another

man she picks his


lines from a tree to make wine and

drink his words


while she waits to see if she can get

into his heart for free


she waits all night even the stars abuse

her like bouncers


with their winking pretending she has

a chance of getting


in when she smells her hands in the

morning they smell


used she knew Mr. Darcy could never

love anyone else but


Elizabeth she is just a character still she

will always be better


Victoria Chang’s fourth book of poems, Barbie Chang is forthcoming from Copper Canyon Press in 2017. Her third book of poems, The Boss, was published by McSweeney’s in 2013 as part of the McSweeney’s Poetry Series and won a PEN Center USA Literary Award and a California Book Award. Her second book, Salvinia Molesta, was published by the University of Georgia Press as part of the VQR Poetry Series in 2008. Her first book, Circle, won the Crab Orchard Review Open Competition Award and was published by Southern Illinois University Press in 2005. She also edited an anthology, Asian American Poetry: The Next Generation, published by the University of Illinois Press in 2004. Her poems have appeared in Kenyon Review, American Poetry Review, POETRY, Believer, New England Review, VQR, The Nation, New Republic, The Washington PostBest American Poetry, and elsewhere. She is a contributing editor of the literary journal, Copper Nickel.

Current Issue #69 April 2017
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