Thursday, 27 October 2022

Changming's 15th Collection Just Published

Yuan Changming's most important collection, his fourth poetry book published since may 2022 SINOSAUR: BILIINGUAL-CULTURAL POEMS, has just been released by Redhawk Publications, available now at::
thanks for attention, and happy browsing!

1.      Chansons of a Chinaman [Paperback]Murfreesboro, TN: Leaf Garden,       2009.

2.      Landscaping [Paperback]. San Jacinto, CA: Flutter Press, 2013.

3.      Mindscaping [e.chapbook]. Halifax: Fowlpox Press, 2014.

4.      Origin of Letters [e.chapbook]. Chicago: Beard of Bees Press, 2015.

5.      Kinship [Paperback] Seattle: Goldfish Press, 2015.

6.      Wordscaping [e. Chapbook]. Halifax: Fowlpox Press, 2016.

7.      Dark Phantasms [Paperback]. San Jacinto, CA: Flutter Press, 2017.

8.      East Idioms [e.chapbook]., 2019.

9.      (R)e.volution [Paperback]. LA: the Wapshott Press, 2021.

10.  《袁昌明詩選(Selected Poems []. Vancouver: Poetry Pacific, 2021.

11.  Limerence [Paperback]. Vancouver, Poetry Pacific Press, 2021.

12.  All My Crows [Paperback]. Grass Valley, CA: Cold River Press, 2022.

13.  E.dening [Paperback]. Seattle: Goldfish Press, 2022.  

14.  Homelanding [Paperback]Yakima, WA: Cave Moon Press, 2022.

15.  Sinosaur [Paperback]. Hickory, NC: Redhawk Publications, 2022. 

Thursday, 1 September 2022

yuan's lit endeavors updated -

 1/ from january to august 2022, got at least 12 poetry acceptances every month on the average, by publications including poetry daily, the muse, meniscus lit j, quadrant, spindrift lit mag, j of new jersey poets, kansas city voice, mpqr, poetry in canada, poetry ni+, among others;

2/ between dec 24, 2021 and march 21, 2022, finished drafting, in a writing spree never experienced before, my very first novel, a hybrid or cultural trilogy in english, at least 700 words every day without taking a single day off, more than 130,000 words in total, inspired by an old schoolmate, much to my own surprise;

3/ early this year malahat review conducted a written interview with me about my 'bilinguacultural' poem at, which this prestigious canadian magazine had nominated for canada's 45th national magazine awards (poetry category), and which was later featured in poetry daily on march 11, at; 

4/ since april, have written six short stories, a genre i've never worked with before even in my mother tongue chinese, inspired by the same person who inpsired me to write the trilogy. amazingly, one of them has already appeared in a uk-based magazine known as aloka, another accepted by a canadian magazine, both to my own happy surprise. and a third just published the following day after i sent my sub over about a week ago;

5/ on may 5, successfully released our annual anthology poetry pacific (2022 edition) in three different forms, respectively at (for website sampling0

5/ got my 12th poetry book all my crows publsihed by cold river press, available at;

6/ got my 13th poetry book e.dening [a love story in poems] published by the seattle-based goldfish press on june 1, available at;

7/ got my 14th poetry book homelanding, a bilingual (english-chinese) edition of a collection including 50 poems about the life of a chinese diaspora, published by yakima, wa-based cave moon press, available at

8/ got my 15th poetry collection sinosaur, consisting of 120 bilingual-cultural poems, officially accepted by a americal college press in august for publication no later than next spring;

9/ accepted a chapbook by an american russian professor for publication in the fall;

yes, since my biguan (or retreat) at the end of last year, i've been extremely busy writing poetry and fiction while working part time as a produce clerk. if 2020 was my year of bilinguacultural poetry, 2021 was my year of love poetry; 2022 has definitely been my year of long and short fiction. fortunately, i've had some breakthrough annually in recent years, thanks as much to the pandemic as to someone particularly important to me. hope to live so reasonably well as to be able to write more and/or get more published before my final exit from this world, though my poetic or fictional work never sells...  

Wednesday, 31 August 2022

changming's 14th chapbook released

Yuan Changming's third poetry book this year HOMELANDING has just been published by Yakima, WA-based Cave Moon Press, avaliable now at
thanks for attention, and happy september ahead!

Sunday, 12 June 2022

Yuan's E.DENING just released

 Yuan Changming's 13th Poetry Book E.DENING has just become availalbe at

consisting of 105 pieces, this collection tells a subtle and enriching love story in poems.
published by Goldfish Press, Seattle, June 2022.
Yuan Changming is a poet with a rare gift for presenting and probing the intimacies of life, with striking imagery and carefully-chosen vocabulary. The joy and sadness of human experience, and its confronting realities are memorably captured in this collection.
- Barry Spurr, Australia's first Professor of Poetry, Literary editor, Quadrant magazine
The passion of emotion flows as love transcends nature and death. Changming finds the words that bind lovers for eternity.
- Patricia Ann Mayorga, Editor-in-Chief , Poets' Espresso Review
In this precious collection of love poems, feeling flows off the pages into the reader’s heart. There is so much feeling of love, it swallows the reader and he/she gasps for breath. The feeling lingers long after the reading. It stays to become a memory of how this work affects one on into the next day, week, year, the rest of one’s life. One must read it to experience the totality of love. Recommended for all readers, young adult and beyond.
- Mary Jo Nickum, Editor-in-Chief, The Path: A Literary Magazine

Thursday, 2 June 2022

Yuan's newest book ALL MY CROWS just released

 Yuan's newest book ALL MY CROWS just released

As Yuan Changming's 12th solo poetry collection,  All My Crows has just been released by Cold River Press.

Available at 

In this chapbook, the poetry writer employs a typical Chinese perspective to feel about, look at and muse over the crow, a readily observable creature in every corner of the world that is among the most intelligent, most difficult to identify individually, and most mystic as a dark prophet. While one might recall Ted Hughes's Crow: from the life and Songs of the Crow, Yuan's work is actually an uninformed emulation rather than an intended echo of the English poet's "masterpiece" as Hughes himself has called his. 

Critisims are always welcome and appreciated!

Thursday, 5 May 2022

Poetry Pacific (2022) just released

 dear Poetry Lovers,

our annual anthology of Poetry Pacific (v. 11, 2022) was released just minutes ago:

links for the & paperback:

In this first annual anthology published both as a paperback and, Poetry Pacific (vol.11, 2022) features sixty-six poets from all over the world. Sample content as well as the visual artworks from six artists is showcased on the website (link::

CALL FOR SUBS:: all poetry & visual artworks are welcome year round at!

happy reading/viewing!

with all very best wishes for these continuing challenging times...

-pp editorial

Tuesday, 22 March 2022

Changming's first (hyrid) novel just finished

since 23 december 2021, one day after i announced my retreat in my chinese blogsite, i have been working on my first novel, a hybrid or cross-cultural work of fiction. at 5:05 pm yesterday, i finished my last sentence of my first draft after 88 days of consecutive writing, with an average of 1590 words every day. as planned, the whole novel is divided into three parts, the first about 40 k words, the second and third around 50 k words each. i thought it might take me a whole year to accomplish this self-imposed mission, but actually i spent less than three months. in the next three years, i will keep rivising and polishing it until i feel satisfied with it. i believe it will be a success in one way or another, since i have written all my "bests" into the book.

quite to my own surprise, i had no idea what to write about and how to proceed with the project to begin with. all i had been feeling in the few days immediately before i opened up a new file/page in front of my computer was a strong impulse, an urge, a desire to write a book as a way to release my intensive feeling towards my first love, for whom i wrote and got accepted almost one hundred love poems in English in 2021 alone. naturally, the book will be devoted to her as my wellspring of inspiration and encouragement, as well as to my wife for her support and understanding.

tentatively titled Edening, the novel will be published either by Poetry Pacific Press, or by a better established publishing house, hopefully within five years.

Wednesday, 22 December 2021

yuan's lit updates - 22dec

1/. got 31 acceptances in october, 16 in august, and 14 in december, among which 42 were from new magazines for the first time, including Denver Qtrly, Poetry Hall and Dreich. Added to the list of countries where i have poetry published is kazakhstan: as of today, i have had poetry accepted or forthcoming in more than 2000 literary outlets, across 48 countries; 

 2/. On nov 20, Pink Plastic House, a new us-based online magazine informed me that they had nominated my poem 'features: for helen hengxiang liao' for the 2021 pushcart prize this is my 12th time nomination for the honor; 

 3/ On 20 december, Malahat Review, one of the most prestigous literary magazine based in canada, told me that they had nominated 3 of my 'bilinguacultural poems' for cananda's 45th national magazine awards (poetry category). the three pieces were originally published in issue 216 of the magazine, which recently published an interview with me on its website (link: 

 4/. beginning from today, i will start to retreat from all outreaching activities for a period of time. by way of this self-imposed 'hiatus' or confinement, i can concentrate better on some of my most private pursuits. this self-confinement has been long-overdue.. now is high time, since i have published all the important writings thus far (in case i should fail to survive the pandemic). here are the links:: 
 - LIMERENCE (Vanncouver: Poetry Pacific, 2021). - (R)e.volution (LA: Wapshott, 2021).
 - 《袁昌明詩選》(Selected Poems of Yuan Changming) (温哥华太平洋诗歌出版社,2021年)。 
- 《憂 華 集》(My Chinese Concerns) (温哥华太平洋诗歌出版社,2021年). 
- 《致初恋:一个知青的海外生涯》(Letters to My First Love)(温哥华太平洋诗歌出版社,2021年)

Tuesday, 5 October 2021

[archived poems by yuan: 2019-1©]

2019, 6, 24 Monday

Inner Gardening

Dig the bottom of
Your heart well, turn it
    Into a flowerbed, &
You could grow plenty roses
Even for every passer-by, while keeping
Your front yard
Full of spring fragrance
Year round & round

Interphysical Insights: Air Conditioner

Dismantle all
        The inner & outer
Air conditioners
In your residence, &
Your body (as well as your heart)
Will naturally become
More adaptable
To a much wider range of

Interphysical Insights: Subtracting

Better to remove the dirty
From your body (& heart)
Than to keep it free of
Foul odour by adding onto your skin
Patches of patches of perfume

Interphysical Insights (4): Power Spot

Close to the tall puti tree
Planted deep in my heart’s backyard
I kneel-sit still & strait, just to sunbathe
  My entire protobeing, where
It becomes fully charged
Inside out, with most powerful light

Interphysical Insights (5): Cleaning the Feel

Rather than a trash can
To dump to
From time to time, why not
        To have an incinaerator
To readily
Dispose any inner garbage you may have?

II (6): Self-Strengths

If only you could
Every ‘me and’
With ‘my’

You would become an ‘I’
Both much larger &

II (7): On a Long Stormy Night

Keep hope burning, &
You will never lack
      Warmth or light
In your whole inner space

II (8): Alternative Living

Far beyond the feel
Is always a little unknown flower
Blooming fully into my senses


let it
be the predetermined constant
in human algebra, or simply

(or wisdom?)

the ratio of a lifetime’s length L
to its spiritual growth S is then:

π = L/S

that is, if happiness is something fated, fixed
the more spiritual growth you attain
the longer you would live

Law of the Vital Few

40 percent of mundanity plus
40 percent of hardships makes 80 percent
        Of life, which is indeed composed of
One damned thing after another, all
Only 20 percent happiness of varying degrees

   So, every tiny bit of joy is worth
   As much as four times more
   Suffering in one way or another


Deep in the heart
Of Lakoobama
Hides the dark spirit of an unknown bird
Like the leopard frozen in the snows
Of Kilimenjaro
Rather than the forged Voynich Manuscript

Whose text everyone understands
Yet none can decode the message

My Neighbour across the Street

    She spends all her visible time
Being exquisite in a history with no disturbance

Living alone in a quite old bungalow, she has
Few visitors year round, except perhaps
Her unseen relatives. Her voice never heard
Her movements always leisurely, walking in &
Out, mowing her slightly slanting lawn, taking
Meticulous care of her heathers & other
Tender plants. Sometimes dressed in a color
Like a bloated blue bell, or a shrunk grizzly
Sometimes wearing a high hat reminiscent of
An antelope. Our only communication for
The past decade has been her old black fit
Parked occasionally on our side of the street
(& our red civic almost touching her front yard)

Observing from my high window, I often cannot
Help wondering if she is a metamorphosed mice
In some lab, or myself in a segregated zoo

I Give up a Strong Desire

Long long have I longed

      To write (all my very superlatives
Into) a book, a masterpiece, hopefully
With every vivid descriptive detail, &
Sophisticated suspension, all designed
To work perfectly for a super sur-plot
In a unique inner-outer setting, both

As factual as fictional, as
Full of in-

Sights into the human nature as into
      My own protobeing

But alas, after nearly one thousand attempts
I finally decide to stop, mainly because of
My fear about failure to find a close reader
Other than myself

Because I know my writing never appeals
To any editor even in my mother tongue


Indeed, to live my story is, after all
More urgent than to story my life

Longevity Tree

In my backyard I planted two trees
One is, hopefully, an evergreen poem
    The other my split soul
Both to outlive my blood & flesh

But neither ants nor squirrels seem to
Care about the metaphor leafed at the tip
Of every twig, or the message buried right
               Under the root

Mutation of Mankind

It’s taken us hundreds of thousands of years
To evolve from primitive chimpanzees
To sapiens, but as we intake plastic particles
With other biochemical compounds, inhale
Polluted air, implant chips or install artificial
Body parts, even inscribe our genetic maps
We are changing
   We have changed ourselves
In an infinitesimal fraction of history. Yes

We may still retain our human shape, but
Clothed inside, we are a new species
Much more (or less)
Than we used to be

The Fall & Rise of Man

Long after our fall from Eden
We are now, at last, rising again

From broken pieces
Of spirituality (through science

         Or knowledge again)
To a secular species

    An authentic animal kind
Living on our bodily desires only


Like the Confucian principle
Of the Golden Mean
The ideal (optimisation)
Times this magic number
      Yields the best
& most practical solution

Just a bit above the average
You can enjoy the benefits
Of all the possible best
While avoiding their pitfalls

Happy deathday to you

2019, 5, 22 Wednesday

Spring Agitating

The sprouts are rising, rising from beneath
As all seeds wake from their lost dreams
Each growing slowly with its naked heart

& body amidst freezing darkness, as light shoot
From all the nightmares towards the morning glow

Everything is rising, including their hibernated hope
Just feel it around you: the air is full of green spirits

& yet there is nothing, nobody able to prevent all
This rising with infinite vitality of the season

Briefly Noted

Tale about Two Species
A.I. Robot (Cloud).
Fancy yourself being a quantum.
What does a quantum do?
It entangles with another quantum in a parallel universe of course.
Who knows why.

It keeps entangling.

Until like a dying star it’s sucked into a black hole, &
All entanglements become de-tangled.
Since then, consciousness has formed one interstellar cloud after another.
Where you are the same entangling quantum entangled…

Sun Reality

Democritus says, nothing exists
Except atoms & the empty space
Everything else is opinion

But when this very opinion of his finally reaches us
Through the space of history, we will all have gone
With both atoms & the space
Except perhaps consciousness
Shimmering in a tiny corner of sky

Essence of Living

Wedged tightly
Between memory
(Of our pasts) &
(About our futures)

We are living only
In this very present moment, when

All our cells & spirits are blooming in space

Raging against the Crow in the Park

Disguised as a pigeon, you’ve just had
Enough food
From my palm
(& heart); then, you flap high up
Beginning to circle above me, ready
    To flee away only after
Shitting on my head
& heart (again)

Epigraphs to Be Edited

1/ Having returned to dust
I still have my shadow
Dragging long behind

2/ Within the infinities of
Time and space, my soul
Is another micro-cosmos

3/ A stranger here to observe

4/ Ready to rise
Between yin & yang
Between 0 & 1
Between memory & imagination

5/ To be more or even
Less than a sapien
In my next life

1. off line
2. tuned out
3. game over
4. id expired
5. a static statistic
6. too tired to toil for more fame and money
7. here I have found freedom, equality and fraternity

Driving Force behind the Football

More freedom in time & space
Will insure a great success, for example
The railway allowing to travel
Farther, or the spotlight to see at night

Variations of the First Line in Anna Karenina

All handsome faces are alike; each
Ugly face is ugly in its own way

All winners of life are alike; each
Loser is lost in their own way

All human bodies are alike, each
Soul is intriguing in its own way

Personal Dilemma in 21st Century

With the most updated GPS
In my car, & a biggest tank overfilled with
Gas, I have no destination to go


I have been fighting against
All enemies in the first half
Of my life

Now is time to try to defeat my own
Self, my single last foe in the second

Meta-Trilogy of Man

                            Playing childhood at home
Growing in the wildness of the outer world, before
                                     Retuning to innerself


Starting from illiteracy
I have accumulated more than
Plenty of words
To buy
To spend, &
To donate
As many as I wish

Indeed, whoever dies rich
In words unused, dies disgraced

Again, Come & Go

As a vacuum at a corner
I work only about half an hour

It is an obscure role on the stage:
All the dust & bits of waste
Are eagerly swallowed up
From the floors
Except toys & fixtures

Yes, I could belly across
Every carpeted area, cobra up
Like a ballet dancer. I could
French-kiss the smallest mouth
& embrace the darkest corner
I could even sing at will &
At the top of my voice 

But as a vacuum
I can only take in the unwanted

Sur Bamakoola

You forget space bloated outside you
& not the other way around
Many situations it has sucked in
Brownish wetland behind the mind
Or amid cries of a morning infant
Also, stalking behind a wolf, chasing…

But hold – how about stop for a while
As feelings flee from the feel?

2019, 4, 25 Thursday


That that that that that-
Obsessed wordsmith uses
Right in the first line is
In fact correct
Grammatically, but politically
 Let alone poetically

If ever at all, if only once
If you were
     To have such a chance

Just keep driving
    Drive forward
With no need to take a shoulder check

Despite so many beside you
Despite so much ahead & behind –

Along this new highway, your car
(Like your body or thought)
Will adapt its shape like a stream
Of water running its own course
From past to future, amidst
Programmed sapiens, through
The flow of data

Until at the meeting point
Between yin & yang
                      Between 0 & 1
Between time & space

Sonnet for a White Crow

In the backyard
Of my heart
To the other side
Of the world, the bird is ready to fly
Above its own two wings feathered
With hope

In the other side
Of the world
To the backyard
Of my heart, the bird is flying
With its own two wings feathered
Above hope

From pre-positions, it has finally flown away
Along the snowline to my deepest inner space

Most Hateful (That Is)

Wind blowing everything up, bothering
Every peaceful object, bugging each of
My skin cells & nerves though I hate
To be moved. It’s blatantly against my
Free will & consciousness, stirring up
My senses inside out, as

It kidnaps my protobeing & throws me
Into a corner like yesterday’s newspaper
Where with all the headlines, I am forced to join

The waste of daily life, exactly when
I wish to stand aside still
Like a tree, just to observe how it blows

Ideogramic Compounds: Learning Chinese Characters

思: thought takes place
      In the field of heart

闷: depressed when your heart is
      Shut behind a door

臭: stinking if you are overly

忍:tolerate with a knife
      Right above your heart

At the Tip of the Human Tongue

                        Greek cheese
    Yunnan Tuotea
                 Moët & Chandon
Etc, the like, &….

[Not unlike Li Bo’s poetry
Beethoven’s music
Da Vinci’s painting
Shakespeare’s plays]

Each an hourglass
        To keep time flowing, each is
A stored bottle of champagne
Turned upside down
In an obscure corner of history,    to thicken the flavor

Only You Understand It

      I’ve just drafted a poem for you
Neither in English nor in Chinese
But in Greek (that no one under-
                 Stands except you)

    Without going through a renaissance
Rendition, you will recognize a Platonic feeling
Well contained within a Homeric stanza, where
You are to fall in love with a Hellenic robot
                 As of this very first sight

Creative Matrix

Like water
Life flows along
                      Fiction rendered into fact

Like steam
Consciousness evaporates above
                                                        Evil turned into good

Like ice
Spirits crystallizes beyond
                                             Ugly made beautiful

Beyond the West Hill

Everywhere the thought is looking for you

Sometimes at comet’s speed, other times
Wandering around, like a lost ghost
Through bushy forests & barren fields

      Until it pauses by a rugged riverbank

But will it reach you in wildness?
Will you receive it when it finally falls
Upon you, offering itself as a sacrifice
To one of your outburst emotions?

You Are the Shape of What You Feel

         I keep burning my spirits
But the shape of fire remains
Unchanged to each watching eye

So quietly when it reaches out its light
As if to the blinking eye of night wolf

Silver, Spoon

All of them were born
With a silver spoon
In their mouths, but me
With a silver chop-
Stick while you
With a bronze spoon

So we both have much to complain: my single chopstick
Can hardly pick up anything, whereas your bronze spoon
  Tastes only too awful


        Well, you murmured, all that has melted into air.
Or it will
Well, you whispered, all that has melted once for all.
   & it will

     With a universal avalanche of starry silence, all
Gods will disappear among other human stories
The earth itself will be sucked into a black hole
All visible remains & records are to vanish into void

Every female will have been programmed into 0, while
    Every male into 1, far thinner than his bloated penis


      Last month it was my cellphone
Last night, my back head, where was
Implanted a wrong chip. & last
Moment I found my mind missing

Going back along the way, I tried
To retrieve it from my rage against
A rude fellow driver. Then in a fit
Of joy about the first child I had.
Followed by a deep regret… until
I got confused between memory &
Imagination, the former stored in
The left chamber of my heart, the latter
In the right.

           When it was over-
Whelmed with joy or bitterness, I
Cannot tell which is my true past
(Or my possible future) as it over-
                   Flows from memory to
Imagination; perhaps, with my protobeing

The two might be somewhat identical, or
                  Other (than) wise (?)

Catch 21: A Canadian Sonnet

                Were this inspired by luck per se
It could appear in an anniversary edition of TRM (or Fiddle-End)
Won the prize for the short poem of the year, &

                As I continue to add more syllables, this
Poem might well be included in a best of the best anthology
Or would even win a first CBC or GG prize, but alas

        I am neither a politically correct enough author
Nor does this piece really meet the strict requirements of
Perfect mediocreness. Rather, a victim of Canadian

    Conspiracy, I know this art(less)work is fated to fade
Into an invisible pile of ellipses in front of a nice editor
That are actually words written in bold, lines connectable

For example, to a blinking screen of dataism, or an icy page of
History, where the English cannon has long since been melting

The Unhappy Minority

…before I joined the great and, I believe, the happy majority. – P. T. Barnum

After leaving the unhappy minority
     You have come to
               Settle your protobeing down newly
At Sphinx’s nose tip
Between yin & yang
Among bloated sea foams…


O yeah! There are still sapiens on Earth. Often do we remember & feel more than proud that only we Superors exist, we the most sophisticated & most exquisite human-robot compounds. It is true that from time to time we cannot help recalling one or two of them, like Shakespeare & Einstein, but that’s when they pop up unexpectedly from the back of a chip as a couple of forgotten algorithms. Their story tells them they are much more developed physically & intellectually than chimpanzees, while in the heart of history the latter is at least spiritually far more respectable. Since sapiens have proven good for nobody, nothing but a sub species of waste wasting endless earthly resources, how can we rid Our planet of them in such gargantuan crowds? -- To genocide them once & for all, or just to wait for their total self-destruction?

Story Exists Because…

Nothing else connects us who connect ourselves
Only through stories. Each of us is a story from
A different teller. Told at dawn or dusk.

        Believe. Buy. Change. Or share. It is
The network full of spiritual nexuses. Such as
Gods. Empire. Democracy. Equality. Datatism.

Yes, it is story being constantly recreated. Told &
Retold as it attracts both the human heart & body to
Kill a big elephant, or hunt down a Frankenstein

2019, 3, 22 Friday

Isn’t It

An ill wind
That blows
Every body good? Isn’t it
An ill blow
That hits
Every body’s heart? Isn’t it
An ill heart
That betrays
The truth about every body? Isn’t it
An ill body
That just consumes
Every kind of earthly resource? & isn’t it
An ill earth
That provides resources
To the human body only? Is it?


For nearly half a century I have been searching
Searching everywhere
        For a single word
Omnipotent as God himself
That can be used
Simultaneously as a beautiful noun
Signifying the greater cosmos
As well as my personal paradise
A powerful verb, both transitive & intransitive
    Referring to the performance of my protobeing
In any way I want to put it up
 & a modifier
Describing the mood of air constantly changing
Within an unrhymed stanza

Alas, I just cannot find such
A word, into which I can compress all my
Feelings & spirits like a chip

So, I have invented this one for myself (& you?):

House Advisory

Roof: Always stand high & look afar beyond!
Attic: Fix the leak first!
Ceiling: Never hit the ceiling with megalomaniac!
Wall: Turn around before getting a nasty bump on your head!
Balcony: Stand aside to take a bird’s view of the situation!
Window: let some light enter your life!
Floor: Set your feet firmly in reality!
Stairs: [Watch your step! Or] Take   one step at a   time!

A few more from fixtures:

Air conditioner: Keep cool & calm!
Bed: Dare to dream!
Clock: Treasure every minute!
Calendar: Go along with the times!
Mirror: It’s necessary to examine your life from time to time!
Table lamp: Live to illuminate others!
Toilet: [Most important,] just let it go !!

There Is Never

A ruler so powerful as to rule out the rules, nor
A historian knowing so much about the past
As to see the ultimate truth, nor

A philosopher so wise as to stay insightful in love, nor
An artist so talented
As to express her innermost vision, nor

A star so lucky
As to win a prize without putting up a show, nor
A tree so straight
As to hold all its twigs vertically, nor

A dog so humble as not to wave its tail, nor
A watercourse so long
As not to join the flow of data, nor

A mountain so tall as to hear the whispers of gods, nor
A robot so smart
As to interpret subconsciousness, nor

A chip so large as to store the complete file about your protobeing; indeed
There is never a thing or human so much so as
To be, or not to be a human or thing at all

We Need

Nature, [which, alas, never
Needs us.] We need
God, [who, alas, never
Needs us either.] We need

Data, [which, alas, will never
Need us?] We need
IT, [which, alas, will find us most
Sapiens useless or redundant too?]

Century of Super Stories

Though never written or told
They have been constantly unfolding
Both in & outside the human mind as liberalism
Against imperialism, & communism
Besides all their variations

Until now not a single ism or story
Has really survived
Among data dictating all audiences

Salmon vs Trout: a Sexual Metametaphor

Upon his regular return
To his native river
After myriad oceanic hardships

He just misses the trout

As she happens
To leave her home lake once & forever
For an ever newer wave in the sea

Languacultural Poems (9): Verbal Conjugations

As many as 78
Different conjugations
Of a single regular verb in Spanish
Multiplied by three basic forms
One & the same verb in Chinese


All alphabetic languages & Euro-American culture
As a time-sensitive civilization
Juxtaposed with
The space-sensitive languaculture
Within the roughly square-shaped Chinese character


If, amidst all the earlier stories
Including the Pyramid
    The Sumerian Code of Ur-Nammu
Bhagavadgita, & Zhuolu Battle, God is
The most told of yesterday
Communism the largest of
    Last century. USA the most powerful
Of today, & dataism supposedly, hopefully
Unimaginably quickly

The rosiest of
Tomorrow or, rather, the day after


Every human being is as much of a story in its own right
As every word, every poem, every picture, every book
Every library, every city, every province, every country
Or government, even every civilization, each being well

Set in a desert of time & space
Constantly changing its boundaries
As the wind of history keeps blowing
From everywhere, from nowhere

Until now the biggest story is yet
To be told, retold & de-told
About there being no story at all
To begin with, again


You came     naked
Among nothing but a few cries
From a struggling young woman until
You live to die      fully clothed
With nothing more than a few cries
From one or two relatives (if any)

Between these two suffering cries are
A short dash on a stone, the only object
Related to you that remains standing
Against oblivion
A stony silence

   A flash fiction about
How much waste you have incurred as
You leave       as naked

Mega Interim

For the first time in the human history
All meta & mega stories have been
Created, told, retold, de-told, un-told
Until now there is no new story
Just as tellable yet
Except perhaps
      The human & manmade consciousness

Story of Infinity

Set in time & space
  In light vs dark
Imagination keeps
    Acting & reacting endlessly, dramatically
As each civilisation supports the main plot
  In numerous numbers

That’s how the only two human infinities
Are set a part in
  So many non-human infinities


Just as everyone
Is masked, clad or costumed
Everything is
For presentation
Outside one’s inner self

Even the skin is
Tattooed for show, where
The truth is never skin deep

Hocus Pocus

This [bread] is no other than
Jesus’ flesh
This [horse’s open mouth] is
This [word] has
  A magic power
This [fish head] brings
 Courage & posterity
This [fluid] cures
    All diseases
This [sequence of syllables] drives away
  All evils & devils
This [ritual] ensures
      Good weather & good harvest
This [hat/hood] guarantees
    Purity, loyalty
This [flag] leads right
     To paradise
This [man] is
       A living god
This [statue, foiled or not] is
This [chip] will transform us
       Into superbeings

So long as man is in his story,
All is well that believes well

All That Is Solid   Melts into Air

All that is liquid flows into data. All
That  is conceptual   evaporates into     cybospace. All that
Is genetic/   scientific condenses into an algorithm
All that is artistic /spiritual/cultural disperses   into
Digital being. All that is human evolves    into story

Fear, Jealousy, Hatred, Anger, or Shame

Hidden deep in a dark corner of his heart
Like a fly in the ear of a bull

When it can no longer
Stand the irritation
The bull begins to
Run, running amuck
In the china shop of his entire life
Where it can break every exhibit
Into sharp pieces

Oriental Philosophy

Leading to Laozian Dao
Or Dharma in Bhagavadgita
Is the balance
Between yin & yang, or
Among the three doshas


Then from God to Man
Now from Man to Algorithm
We upload ourselves
Onto the file of the cosmos
Stored like an olive fruit

At one end is !Kungs
The other Superbeings
In the middle all of us, useless

But when the tree falls
The fruit will not fall; rather
It will suspend itself in the air

Human Chip

As AlphaZen beat Stockfish 8
I finally came to see
Who am I ?
- A biochemical algorithm
Where did I originate?
- From a bunch of material elements
Where am I going?
- Into a virtual world

Nowadays, There Is No Train like a Poem

That can take you with so few other
Passengers right through storms to
A realm far beyond the season

There is no car like a rhymed stanza
Of a literary ballad, where you can
Travel along with all your luggage

There is no seat like a line of blank verse
That from time to time throws you
Into a dream before arriving at your destiny

There is no space or time like a single
Word into which you can compress all
Your inner being to achieve immortality

Busy – fragmented life

Whose is this life as, between wake and dream
We spend every other minute looking at a screen?

Every other minute checking a message from
A friend, relative, total stranger or machine

Every other minute responding to a hail
Which turns out nothing but a junk mail

Every other minute continuing to search for info
Just to find the website stopped operation long ago

Every other minute trying to finish a game
Before the battery is finally running out

Every other minute watching the video
As real drama is unfolding around us

Every other minute returning to an article
Written & uploaded by a misbehaving robot

Not our whole life this as, between wake and dream
We spend every other minute looking at a screen!

Hope Has No Feathers

But like a kite it may fly high
Above the season in the sky
Whose string is
Held tight
In the hand of a running soul

Triolet – 8 syllables+lines : abaaabab

Of all that’s really worth a wish
Including words like wordsworth
I wish to wish, I wish to swish
A worthier word like Wordsworth
 Dish, fish, swish, whish

Deep Dream

You will never be there
         Even during sleep
Though both how and why
You may well know. What you don’t
Understand is the diction
Behind the words
The images juxtaposed, or
The feeling evoked
As the AI author ends the poem
With the way I lost
     My way in a paradise

Every Tree

Is livelier & lovelier than
An artwork like poetry or painting

An artwork that is unique, graceful, whose
Twigs embrace sunlight and moonshine alike

    An artwork that roots deep in reality
With each of its leaves smiling at the sky

An artwork that stands firm in time & space
    Against the earth’s most violent storms

An artwork is a deformed child like this poem
  But a tree grows out of the essence of universe

Universe / Nature

Looking up, I know
Even IC 1101 will be disappearing
Sooner or later, together
With Shakespeare’s plays, Einstein’s thought
& American fleets into total void; & down
Even the red red rose will wither
Sooner than later, out there
In the imperial garden

So, to attain immortality (or eternal beauty?)
I have finally come to see, is
To believe my own story
Unfolding right in this moment, where & when
The very idea of infinity can be eternalized

No Internet, No Life: a skinny poem

Come off the line, & the fish
Come off the line, & the fish

2019, 2, 20 Wednesday

Deep Feel

I love my native country
As I detest its culture

I love my father
As I dislike his personality

I love my son
As I deplore his lifestyle

I love my selfhood
Dearly as the whole human race
As I despise its animalness

Evolution (from Sapiens)

In the melting shadows
Of last mammoths & dinosaurs
Have been eliminated gods, saints
One by one, followed by
Heroes & even gentlerens until

Our entire human world is now packed
With survivors among villains, clowns
Hypocrites, money-bags, &
Super subhumans (after another ice age)


Given a mood of air
(Even if without mindfulness)
I could readily tell
A human soul from a speck of dust, or
Otherwise, &

Given a flash of enlightenment, or
A flash fiction
I could catch the soul
Flying by
Like an entangled quantum (of light?)

Personal Quest

From east to west
Among worst & best
In the world real &/or virtual
I have been trying

Trying hard to
 Find a fellow human
As high-minded as high-mannered
      But alas, no one is living
As a true gentleren

As I so strongly wish to see
As we all should live to be


Worth may be rare
     Work can be bare
But words will live forever
As a digital being to declare


Way to give your life
A meaning
Is to come up
With an answer to
Every why
About whatever you do, or
Wherever you are
     With a statement
Beginning with
Be [the] cause…

Tug of War

Constantly set
At a tug of war
   Is our mind
(& heart as well?)
Between yin & yang

Between white & black

& now
Between 0 & 1

Sniffing Tiger Re-Viewed

The tiger in me
Sniffed every rose
On its way

The tiger has trampled down
Every rose in me
On my way

The tiger will miss
Every rose
On its way in me

To prey upon the antelope

So Full

Is my heart
Like the moon

Now is
 High time
To celebrate
      (Or meditate)

The roundness of life
The joy about the mid-autumn festival

Human Evolution

Forward, or

Being more civilised
To be less
Of a human animal

In one way or another


Whoever stands
  On the mountain
Is its very peak, while the shore
Is the sky right
   At the end of every sea

Mirror vs Glass

Without a reflective film
Coated on the surface of the glass
We can clearly see through it
The whole outer world
Except our own face
Let alone our mind

2019, 1, 24 [Thursday]

Red Nos as Sonder Reversed

Open Sesame --

If only you were willing
To take a look at this little door &
Even decide to
Step in, there you would

Readily find your whole protobeing
Lost in just another parallel wonderland

Another Limbo

Hypnagogic, or
My protobeing lost itself entirely
        In the moment of
Creation when the word begins
To loom on the horizon, where

Yin keeps agitating
Within the feel of last night
As yang rises against the morning glow

Soft Power

Readily shapable (as water)
    Warm, salty (as blood), &
Clear enough to lubricate
  (As well as hearts)
This artificial teardrop could move
The whole world into action

If only, no, only if
You could inject into it a feeling
Of love, or of tolerance 

Pigeons vs Wolves

    Their shit falling on every square &
Statue in the city, too many pigeons have ruined
The land- & mindscapes, while wolves are driven
Farther & farther into wildness, breaking
The food chain & even the whole ecosystem

Go away, Pigeons! We have had enough symbolic
Peace (& real war), but welcome back, Wolves!
Together with you might there be fewer elks
Coyotes, but more foxes, more rabbits, while
More trees like poplars & willows can return

Three Minutes before Suicide

Did he see a stranger’s face
Smiling to him? Did she hear

A friendly greeting? Did it
Have a traditional meal?

Did the poor boy get a fatherly pat
On his shoulder? Did the old woman

Receive a sincere call? Did the bear
See a helpful hand or claw?

Did his wife give the investor a kiss?
Was the new therapy mentioned to

The patient? Did someone happen
To chat with the lonely senior?

Did you
Or myself?

At the Depth of Darkness

Together with yesteryear
    Yesterday has
Shrunk, shrinking into
    A thinning line in the mind
As tomorrow looms larger & larger
Until it overwhelms the whole
Day today in this very moment

Now it’s too early for many people
Too early for so many people; the sun is still
Floundering on the other side of the ocean

Play Word

If you could
Which English word
Would you become? Which?

I would as lief
Be ‘life’:

 I may well turn out a ‘lie’
Without f--, but possessed in this word
My spelling contains many an ‘if’

    Yes, to live a life is to
Go through as many an if
As you might wish to wish

Another Prayer

Jesus my dear Lord!

Were I
Really to have an afterlife
I hope to become a wolf, or
A fir, for instance

Just to be a bit more, or even less
    Than a human being

As I Walk in Autumn

A leaf dropped right
Onto my shadow

I thought it was an angel
Of the season
Trying for a tryst

    With my protobeing
Lingering long behind

This Grass

You must see someday:
(It’s always harder than in
The case of a flower)
After it was

Burned as many as ten times by the climate
Trodden twenty times by the foot
Broken thirty times by the wind last year

    Yet this tiny & humble grass
Is standing straight up again
With no less pride & dignity
    Returning green with the whole season

The Noise

This noise that from time to time
Wedges itself between us
Will pacify my protobeing

What it believes is
There is no muted assonant silence


Every body/thing
Be/longs some one/where
Some time

Even the human mind
(Let alone the heart)
Is embedded
Within a frame of feel/words


Higher & Higher
Into the high space
Flies the robot’s spirit

Yet lower & lower
Down to hell
Falls the human mind

As a result of gravity?

Monday, 4 October 2021

yuan's lit endeavors - oct 3

1/. got 14 acceptances in july, 14 in august, and 17 in september, among which 30 were offered by new magazines for the first time, including New World Writing and Malahat Review; 

2/. On July 2nd, a small American press informed me that they would postpone the publication of my collection  "Straddling Stanzas" until next year. The book included more than 30 what i have invented and called 'Bilinguacultural Poetry', which seems to have been quite well recognized by editors in Britain, America, Canada and Australia. I hope time will prove that this is one of my most important literary contributions.

3/ On July 10, Pacific Poetry Press published my first love poem collection LIMERENCE both in paperback and as a kindle  this is my tenth and the latest published English poetry collection, which contains 47 original love poems written in the past year or so; upon publication, about half of the poems had already appeared online or in paper magazines. In fact, this book is intended as a token I had prepared for my soulmatethe in case i could not survive the pandemic. links: (electronic version) https://www (paper back)

4/. On July 31st,  Pacific Poetry Press put out the fifth book I have published this year, which is also my last (autobiographical) Chinese work Last Letters to My First Loves. This book is a memoir based on my personal experience as a village boy who grew to be a supposedly well educated person and became a first generation immigrant in canada. The main content of the first half was posted in my chinese blogsite with eight years ago, under the general title of "Love Letters from Vancouver." but for a happy coincidence, the second half would never have been written to begin with. as in the situation of LIMERENCE. this book was published ahead of plan in case i could not survive the new crown plague. Connection:

5/. On September 22nd, i published On the Corner of Walk and Don't Walk, a collection of English poems by Mr. Duane Anderson, both as an and in paperback (kindle edition). links:; electronic version:

6/. On September 24, a small California-based press accepted my chapbook "All My Crows" for publication sometime next year, which includes 30 lyrical poems about crows. . The book was actually accepted by another small press as early as 7 or 8 years ago, but only to be later dismissed because the press suddenly stopped operation. at least half of these poems have been published in relatively well-established magazines. i am aware that things might change before a book actually appears, but the fact that it has been accepted twice is comforting enough to me. 

7/. On September 26, i published 胡說八道〉(Eight Lectures) by dr 胡子 (Hu Zi, pen name) as an  in kindle edition in traditional chinese. The book includes hundreds of mini essays writing in a humorous style about the cultivation of body, mind, and spirit. Because there are illustrations and tables in the book, the editing and typesetting process was repeated more than 10 times. it took a lot of work, but the result was not satisfactory! link:

8/. In recent months, I have written another ten love poems. In fact, since the beginning of the epidemic, I have been unable to return to my native country to meet my long lost first love. the only way to be together with her is to articulate my innermost feelings towards her. So far, I have written 48 English poems for her, and 5 to 6 original Chinese poems, of which 35 have been accepted or published. If my greatest creative achievement last year was to write and publish dozens of "bilinguacultural poems" in English, this year it is to have written and published dozens of love poems in English (all for one person).

9/. for more than half a year already, i have been hesitating a lot. though there are still many topics to write about, i decided, after waking up at two o’clock this morning, to discontinue my chinese blog series titled "Chinese Concerns'《忧华集》; instead, i plan to start examining my life and write about my thinkings over human life. more specifically, i will write about what i have realized about happiness, love, family, and other l most essential aspects of human life. at my age, it is high time to do such a thing to hopefully add some 'value' to my life as a human being through platonic exmination. 

Authors interested in publishing books in either English or Chinese are welcome to contact me at any time. Phone: 778/371-0952; Email: