3 poems by Yuan Changming

Connection of Selfhoods: a Megaphysics Poem

Few are really aware of

Such universes

Existing beyond our own

Even fewer of so many other versions

Of selfhood living

In each of them, let alone

This simple secret:


At the depth of consciousness

Lives a quantum

Or soul as we prefer to call it

A particle, demon and/or angel dancing


The same dance afar, far apart

In an entanglement


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 nomochip


To be           daying, to        die


Towards Enlightenment  


With a storm

With a gull

With your breath


Goes the thought

With a vague vision

Beyond the bogland


With your heart

Hawking aloud in the wild

With dripping blood


An unformed concept

A shoal of consciousness

Bubbling with feeling


With a photon

With a quantum

With your mind concentrated

On a twisted other

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, the 2018 Naji Naaman’s Literary Prize, Best of the Best Canadian Poetry and BestNewPoemsOnline among others.  


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