Walking the Selfhood by Changming Yuan


On a sunny Saturday afternoon

I would lead my inner selfhood

Out of my small rented room

To the Fraser River Valley Park

To let it play with other dogs

Running and jumping wildly

Catching the ball each time I threw

Into the air, the tree shade, the ditch

The bank, the water, and sometimes

The ridge, where it sometimes stopped and stood

Looking beyond the horizon, as if to join the wild

Becoming one and the same with the little could

Drifting freely around, under the western sky


Changming Yuan, 8-time Pushcart nominee and author of Chansons of a Chinaman (2009) and Landscaping (2013), grew up in rural China and currently tutors in Vancouver, where he co-edits Poetry Pacific with Allen Qing Yuan and operates PP Press. Recently interviewed by [PANK] and World Poetry [CFRO100.5FM], Yuan’s poetry has appeared in Best Canadian Poetry (2009;12), BestNewPoemsOnline, London Magazine, Threepenny Review and 819 other publications across 28 countries.

Photo credit: Andrew Morrell Photography

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