Yuan Changming

Yuan Changming published monographs on translation before leaving China. Currently, Yuan 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) and BestNewPoemsOnline, among others.      

Sonneting in Infinitives

 

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 & even happiness

 

To come on and off line every other while

 

To compress consciousness into a file, and upload it

Onto a nomochip. To meditate among loud vowels

 

     To be daying, to die