YUAN CHANGMING

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POETRY

Infinitival Infinities

To be a matter when
there’s no question
Or not to be a question
when nothing really matters

To sing with a frog
squatting straight
On a lotus leaf
in the Honghu Lake
near Jingzhou

To recollect all the pasts,
and mix them together
like a glass of cocktail

To build a nest of meaning
Between two broken branches
on Ygdrasil

To strive for deity
Longevity and
Even happiness

To come on and off line
every other while

To compress consciousness
into a file, and upload it
Onto a nomochip

To be dying,
to die

Snowing against Season

In the wild open west, flakes keep falling
Like myriad baby angels knocked down from Paradise

Blurring the landscape behind the vision
Hunting each consonant trying to rise above

The ground. The day is brighter, lighter &
Softer than the feel. Soon there will be

Dirty prints leading to everywhere (or nowhere)
& no one will care how the whole world will collapse
In blasphemy. The missing cat won’t come to
Trespass the lawn, nor will the daffodil bloom

To catch a flake drifting astray. Nobody bothers even to think
About where the season is held up on its way back, how
The fishes are agitating under the pressure of wintry
Water, why people wish to see more and more snow

Yuan Changming  grew up in rural China, started to learn the English alphabet in Shanghai at age 19 and published monographs on translation before leaving his native country. With a Canadian PhD in English, Yuan currently lives in Vancouver, where he edits Poetry Pacific with Allen Qing Yuan. Credits include ten Pushcart nominations, Best of the Best Canadian Poetry (2008-17), BestNewPoemsOnline and publications in 1519 other literary outlets across 43 countries. 

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