Fragmented: a Sonnet in Infinitives | Yuan Chanming

To be               a matter when there’s no question
Or not to be    a question when nothing really matters

To sing             with a frog squatting straight
On a lotus leaf in the Honghu Lake    near Jingzhou

To recollect             all the pasts, and mix them
Together like a glass of          cocktail

To build                       a nest of meaning
Between two broken branches on      Ygdrasil

To strive          for deity
Longevity         and
Even happiness

To come          on and off line every other while

To compress    consciousness into a file, and upload it
Onto a nomochip

    To be           daying, to                    die

 


Yuan Changming  published monographs on translation before leaving his native country. 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.

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