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Vancouver Poetry Magazine: Poetry by Yuan Changming
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Published October 8, 2016


While nobody has ever been to heaven (or hell)
I can readily go to Yaleugooli, an inner island
More charming than Maui and Palawan combined
With a beech more sensational than El Nido or
Lopes Mendes; in particular, a cave more majestic
Than Sơn Đoòng, where I cannot only get myself
Totally lost in seeing countless wonders of nature
But also take a respite as long as I like; an other
Eden where I can enjoy being one and the same with
Hyperion (from North California?) as my soulmate
Or live an immortal life like the Metasequoia King
Near my native village in central China, if ever I
I so choose when I feel disturbed by earthly winds
Or suffer from insomnia in the heart of winter night

Yes, I’ve been to Yaleugook, more than a thousand times
While they could only wish to enter heaven after they die


So long as you have ample blood
Filling in your cells, your heart
Will never fade
Within your fine structure

A rosy inner being:
Each sarcotesta is inflated
With juicy passion  


Hold the sun firmly
Right above your inner landscape
And there will be no shadow
Shaking around
Let alone darkness
That may engulf your selfhood
Inside out

Unless it shakes itself with a wind
Like a young tree at the noon time

jingzhou pepper

 Grown in my native place, the ancient Chu Kingdom, where Mao Zedong
and Qu Yuan were born and raised, the Jingzhou Pepper is the
most tasteful pepper in the whole world

Too fat
Too skinny
But perfectly in a unique shape


Is just hot enough
To make you
Either a revolutionary like Mao Zedong
Or a poet like Qu Yuan

Yuan Changming grew up in rural China, began to learn English at 19, and
published monographs on translation before moving to Canada. With a PhD
in English, Yuan currently edits Poetry Pacific with Allen Yuan in Vancouver,
and has poetry appearing in
Best Canadian Poetry (2009,12,14),  
BestNewPoemsOnline, Threepenny Review, and 1109 others across 37

Poetry by Yuan Changming

jingzhou pepper
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