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by Changming Yuan

Corn, Sweet Corn

A whole body of teeth
Nothing but teeth

To chew the passing summer

We bite off from you
All the pearl-like memories
Tinged with sunlight

A hard but juicy kiss

On a Rainy Day

I open, you
Close, or you
Open, I
Close, either my umbrella
Or yours

To keep both
Ourselves dry
From this cold
Rain, we have
To share
The one
The same
Umbrella, if we
Must walk
In hand 

A Politically Correct Complaint

I is a female
I is a coloured minority
I is disabled
I is a 100% Americanized voter
I has many years of volunteering experience
I speaks the official language without a Chinese accent
I comes from a much less privileged family

Why am I not chosen yet
For the position
For the fame
Or for the prize?

Man vs Woman: A Brief Sexual History

No man is perfect
Yet every man wants women to be perfect
So, their feet used to be bound
And now their faces surgically shaped and reshaped
Their eyelids doubled
Their breasts raised
Their skin ironed and chemically treated
Their subcutaneous fat removed from their bellies or waists
Their legs made longer on high-heeled shoes
Their entire bodies perfumed, clad and decorated with all fashions
As if they were full-sized dolls

Just as god made man in his image
So has man been making women after his likeness

On the Recycling Day

One neighbor took out a blue box
Full of cat skulls and dog legs
Rather than glass or plastic bottles

Another carries out a yellow bag
Containing human bones, mostly children's
Instead of magazines or paper products

A third pushed out a green bin
Filled with failed evils and devils
Where there should be leaves and twigs

Behind every house in a neighboring back alley
The garbage truck is placing a big time bomb


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©2010 Changming Yuan
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Changming Yuan is a two-time Pushcart nominee and author of Chansons of a Chinaman (2009) and Politics and Poetics (2009). He grew up in a remote Chinese village and published several books before moving to Canada. Yuan currently teaches writing in Vancouver and has had his poems published in Barrow Street, Best Canadian Poetry, Exquisite Corpse, London Magazine and more than 280 other literary publications worldwide.


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