Sonneting in Infinitives: Poetry by Yuan Changming


To be (a matter)
Or not to be ( )
To sing squatting straight
On a lotus leaf in the Honghu Lake near Jingzhou
To recollect the pasts, and mix them
Together like a cocktail
To build a nested of meaning
Between two branches of Ygdrasil
To strive for time
Breadth & length and even happiness
To come to the line
of every other
To ponder ( )

Yuan Changming published monographs on translation before leaving China. Currently, Yuan lives in Vancouver, where he edits Poetry Pacific with Allen Qing Yuan. Credits include ten Pushcart nominations, Best of the Best Canadian Poetry (2008-17) and BestNewPoemsOnline, among others. See more at


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