Yuan Changming

An Introduction to Chinese Characters

怒: anger results from slavery
                                                                             Rising above heart
愁: worry occurs when autumn
                                                                             Sits high on your heart
意: meaning is defined as
                                                                             A sound over the heart
念: idea is what today holds
                                                                             Upon the heart
忘: forgetting happens
                                                                             When there’s death on heart
忍:to tolerate is to bear a knife
                                                                             Right above your heart

Fragmenting: A Sonnet 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      and
                                                                Even happiness

To come                  on and off line every other while

To compress      consciousness into a file, and upload it
Onto a nanochip. To be      daying, to          die

Yuan Changming published monographs on translation before leaving his native country. Currently, Yuan edits Poetry Pacific with Allen Qing Yuan in Vancouver. Credits include ten Pushcart nominations, eight chapbooks & publications in Best of the Best Canadian Poetry (2008-17) & BestNewPoemsOnline, among others.