‘Infinitival Infinities’ by Yuan Changming

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 microchip

To be                        daying to                       die


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. 

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