Victoria Chang's two previous collections of poetry are Salvinia Molesta, published by the University of Georgia Press as part of the VQR Poetry Series in 2008, and Circle, published by the Southern Illinois University Press as the winner of the Crab Orchard Open Competition in 2005. Her poems appear in the Believer, Poetry, American Poetry Review, Kenyon Review, Virginia Quarterly Review, Tin House, New England Review, and elsewhere. She works in business and lives in Southern California with her family.
The poems in award-winning poet Victoria Chang's virtuosic third collection are obsessive, tender, daring, ourtraged, and playful. The Boss is a mesmerizing exploration of contemporary American culture, power structures, family life, and ethnic and personal identity.
"To say simply that Chang takes the Modernist's music and makes it new again, makes it alive, is to say only half-truth, for she truly re-inhabits it, re-kindles the flame. This radically new music is political, yes, but it is also ecstatic. Each reader will find her own revelation in this rich collection—some will find fire, others healing, others ecstatic abandon. I, for one, found music."
"Part meditation on corporate life, part exploration of mother- and daughterhood, part elegy for a father who has not yet died, The Boss is essential reading for anyone who has ever had a job, a child, a parent, or a heart."
"Victoria Chang's beautifully sustained meditative sequence The Boss is both a literal and figurative exploration of hierarchy in contemporary life. Chang is interested less in the brute structures of power that deterrmine our day-to-day lives than in the more metaphysical question of what it really means to be human."
McSweeney's Poetry Series