Saturday, July 23, 2016

Poetry Moments--By Changming Yuan--United States

Broken Spirits

fluttering like tiny
black feathers, they are shredded
shadows swept away
silently from the bright spot
on the tallest human stage


So heavy is the night
The horizon sags deep, deeper
Into the heart of
The ocean, where a new sun’s
Pushing the whole world above dawn

[Previously published in Epigraph Magazine]

the chinese painter and the viewer

between your brush tip
and mountain top, you seek e-
ternity in the blank
while i am lost among thick
patches of ink blacker than night

[Previously published in Chinese in Singaporean Literature; first published in English in the Adirondack Review]

Changming Yuan, 9-time Pushcart nominee and author of 7 chapbooks, started to learn English at age 19 and published monographs on translation before moving out of China. Currently, Changming edits Poetry Pacific with Allen Yuan in Vancouver, and has poetry appearing in Best Canadian Poetry, BestNewPoemsOnline, Threepenny Review and 1209 others across 38 countries.


  1. I love these "poetry moments," Changming, especially that second one. Thank you for sharing, and if you are new to Whispers, welcome. Continued blessings!

    -MJ (

  2. Poetry Moments. Intriguing and lovely. Thanks you Chamgming.