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