Friday, June 19, 2015

Poetry--By Yuan Changming--Canada

The Fish in the Glass Jug

You keep jumping high
Above the mouth to escape
Far from this prison
Not knowing there’s everything
But water outside the wall


Seeing a Shadow

In the dark no one
Is moving, a fairy form
Surely, an alien
Is standing still, and surely
Never will we remain so


Yuan Changming, 8-time Pushcart nominee and author of 5 chapbooks (including Kinship [2015] and The Origin of Letters [2015]), grew up in rural China, became an ESL student at 19, and published several monographs on translation before moving to Canada. With a PhD in English, Yuan currently co-edits Poetry Pacific with Allen Qing Yuan in Vancouver and, since mid-2005, has had poetry appearing in 1039 literary publications across 34 countries, including Best Canadian Poetry, BestNewPoemsOnline, Cincinnati Review and Threepenny Review.


  1. Hello Yuan. I wanted to let you know that I really enjoyed reading your poetry. Thank you for sharing and continued blessings!

    -MJ (

  2. Yuan,
    I liked your poetry too, especially the second one!

  3. I was harmoniously delighted to have read your two poems here tonight. I thought your first piece was fabulous, and was merited to be read again and again. Great work.

  4. Completely fabulous, wonderful words!