Statement from 2012 MCPL Celebrity Judge
Kathleen Sheeder Bonanno:
Changs compelling poems explore themes like the
frailty and temporality of the human body, the inevitability
of death, and the responsibility of family as witness.
They contain surprising metaphorical shifts and lurches
as in Water Main, where the foreman emerging
from the pit becomes the surgeon emerging from the table
with the speakers mothers blood on his septum.
Some of the poems express both the beauty and the entrapment
of sexual desire and the need for intimacy. And throughout,
Chang gifts us with her imagery -- beautiful , fluid images
of suspension, floating, water and the sea -- the speaker
who grows gills and drowns kissing air, or
contemplates the lavender wash of the empty fields,
or who takes a photo of you, with your grown up
watch/ resting against the tank of ethereal jellyfish.
Changs poetry is riveting and ambitious Im
honored to introduce her as the 2012 Montgomery County