Yuan Changming/ Poetry Fall, 2015

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E Williamson Sick Lady Taking Off Her Hat

© E. Williamson
Sick Lady Taking Off Her Hat
Acrylic, oil, and ink on paper

A Mind Is a Terrible Thing to Waste:  An Advertising Poem

When there is no tomorrow
The happiest place on earth, or
The last place you want to go is
At the heart of the image, where
Between love and madness lies obsession

When you care enough to send the very best
Think big, or think small, for nothing is
Impossible, just as impossible is nothing
Make believe. Save money, live better
Eat fresh. Twist the cap to refreshment and
Reach out to touch someone

When the world zigs, zag
Get N or get out. Expand your mind
Change your world. Fly the friendly sky
Share moments, share life.
Let your finger do the walking
Just do it and have it your way

If you want to impress someone
Put him on your blacklist, as it
Keeps going and going and going
And make the most of now
Because you’re worth it

See what we mean?


supposing Darwin was right
it did take as long as one million years
before apes became what we are, gradually
and passively, with the help of our environment
however, with our own intelligence
and technology, we are going
to evolve into iHooyeaus suddenly and
actively, in a matter of just one generation
or two, a new species that will consume
lunar energy instead of sun-based foods
each living in a unique virtual
reality, where multiplication is achieved
sexlessly via logic rather than through
love, where each individual lifetime is
expended within a tiny chip

so, are you happy to be the last humans
or the earliest iHooyeaus?

bw cmYuan Changming
, 8-time Pushcart nominee and author of 4 chapbooks (including Mindscaping [2014]), grew up in rural China, started to learn English 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, Changming’s poetry appears in 1009 literary publications across 31 countries, including Best Canadian Poetry (2009,12,14), BestNewPoemsOnline and  Threepenny Review.


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