Two Poems from The Trees Witness Everything

Separation

Each day, landscape splits
from the beauty it emits.
When nature is free
from sight, it is most
like itself. I erase each
word right after I write it.

 

The Sound of the Light

I can’t overhear
light, can’t stroke it or scratch it,
can’t turn it over.
It’s a lot like grief, which has
ringlets of light streaked through it.

from The Trees Witness Everything by Victoria Chang (Corsair, 2022)

© Victoria Chang
With kind permission of Little Brown

The Trees Witness Everything by Victoria Chang
(Corsair, 2022)

Victoria Chang

Born in Detroit, Michigan to Taiwanese immigrants, Victoria C hang was educated at the University of Michigan, Harvard University, and Stanford Business School and holds an MFA in poetry from Warren Wilson. She is the author of six books of poetry, including Obit, which was named a 'New York Times 100 Notable Books of 2020' and included on Time Magazine's '100 Must-Read Books of 2020'. She lives in Southern California with her family and serves as the Program C hair of Antioch's Low-Residency MFA Program.