Thursday, December 18, 2014

[fare-well, darling: to h] by Yuan Changming


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On that evening, as our titanic
 

Finally began to sink, how I desperately  
Combed our whole boat  
To find you the only lifebuoy aboard!

But when I returned empty-handed

I saw you struggling fiercely
In the water of cold night
Already far beyond my reach


[With the ring hidden beside your arm]




Yuan Changming, 8-time Pushcart nominee and author of 4 poetry chapbooks (including Mindscaping [2014]), is the world's most widely published poetry author who speaks Mandarin but writes English. Growing up in an impoverished village, Yuan began to learn English in Shanghai at 19 and authored several monographs on translation before leaving China as an international student. With a PhD in English, Yuan currently tutors and co-edits Poetry Pacific with Allen Qing Yuan in Vancouver; his poetry has appeared in Best Canadian Poetry (2009,12,14), BestNewPoemsOnline, Threepenny Review and 959 other literary publications across 31 countries.

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