Man, As He Really Is and more

by Changming  Yuan (November 2017) 

The Shadow, Pablo Picasso, 1953


Man, As He Really Is
Is far beyond God’s imagination
Let alone understanding
If you really love Earth, you wouldn’t be
Afraid to show it to the world, let alone her
Most websites don’t even last fourteen
Months, let alone fourteen years
They never thought they’d be able to do
Any serious reading, let alone thinking
Some people can’t help inventing lies
Let alone telling them
The sun shines on you but not on me
Let alone my shadow
I always expect the world to leave me
Alone, let alone my poetry


Close Up   
Trees everywhere
On each road, in every yard
But only far, and farther away
In a virgin forest can you hear
The songs from a tree’s ringed heart
In the shiny shape of a woman
Sitting close to your chest and
Throat, with all the green spirits
Set free from the carved cleft holes
Resonating in a foreign land


Yuan Changming, nine-time Pushcart and two-time Best of the Net nominee, started to learn English at nineteen and published monographs on translation before moving out of China. With a Canadian PhD in English, Yuan currently edits Poetry Pacific with Allen Yuan in Vancouver; credits include seven chapbooks (including Dark Phantasms [2017]), Best of the Best Canadian Poetry: 10th Anniv. Ed., BestNewPoemsOnline, Threepenny Review and 1339 others across 40 countries.
Help support New English Review.

Read more by Yuan Changming here.