“For Example” By: Yuan Changming

There is a 7-year cycle of economic crash
The sun never set within the British territories
The yingzheng of Qin burned all the bamboo books
And buried all the Confucianists alive; the other
Partner-quantum is intricately entangled somewhere
On the other side of the world; the aliens are
Travelling in and out of the hollowed moon
The American super-soldier fucked every
Female in the village; the mers is plaguing
The old soul right now; Greece’s debt became
A huge crisis for all Europe; as many as
Eighty million Chinese males can never hope
To find their own sexual partners; the ants
Invade your house in June and October every
Year; certain words grouped together can
Win a fame forever, while it’s never explained
Why the main character came to town…

Yuan Changming, 8-time Pushcart nominee and author of five chapbooks, grew up in rural China, started to learn English at 19, and published monographs on translation before moving to Canada. Currently co-editing Poetry Pacific with Allen Qing Yuan in Vancouver, Changming has poetry appearing in 1069 literary publications across 36 countries, including Best Canadian Poetry, BestNewPoemsOnline, Cincinnati Review and Threepenny Review.

1 Comment

  1. Excellent poem to wake up to in the morning, especially a morning in May in America when a polar vortex passes through and a book lies open to a quote about oatmeal. Best wishes to Yuan Changming.

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