Sonneting in Infinitives

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      &             even happiness

To come        on and off line every other while

To compress         consciousness into a file, and upload it
Onto a nomochip. To meditate                      among loud vowels

                         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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