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Home Landing

Having nothing better to do, I kill

Time by looking at a traditional

Chinese painting on my iPad

Much enlarged, it appears like

A plain sheet of rice paper

Smeared with ink. I view it


In the presence of bonsai; I

Drop several thick strokes to the floor
Of history, leaving a few fine lines


Behind the sofa, & failing

To catch a colorless corner

Between black and white

It is a landscape newly relocated
Into my heart’s backyard. Then I sit

On my legs, meditating about

No light in the picture, no

Shadow of anything, no perspective

As in hell. Isn’t this the art of seeing?

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"Act V, Scene 2" - Hollie Chastain

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Yuan Changming  published monographs on translation before leaving his native country. Currently, Yuan edits Poetry Pacific with Allen Qing Yuan in Vancouver. Credits include eight chapbooks, ten Pushcart nominations, & publications in Best of the Best Canadian Poetry (2008-17) & BestNewPoemsOnline, among 1,609 others across 44 countries. 

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