Two Poems: "All Installed on a Motherboard" and "Cloning"

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Yuan Changming




All Installed on a Mother Board

There is a time
When engineers
Will make chips out of people's spirits
As a hobby
Someone I used to know returns from then
I have seen her recently
But she knows me no more
Even after I told her who I am
“The spirits are installed onto various
Motherboards,” she explained
“They are all transparent
Kept in the same big glass safe.
But no one knows how to open it from within
Or whose spirits are whose.”



with a stem cell newly pecked out

of the largest wishbone of

a keatsian nightingale


you have developed a brand new bird

whose wings are feathered

with voiced strips, all parallel

to the sound waves of

a humpback whale, calling aloud

from the heart of the pacific




Yuan Changming, 8-time Pushcart nominee and author of 5 chapbooks (including Kingship [2015]), is the world's most widely published poetry creator who speaks Mandarin but writes English. Growing up in a remote Chinese village, Yuan began to learn the English alphabet in Shanghai at 19 and published several monographs on translation before moving to Canada as an international student. With a PhD in English from the University of Saskatchewan, Yuan currently co-edits Poetry Pacific and runs PP Press with Allen Qing Yuan in Vancouver. Since mid-2005, Changming has had poetry appearing in 1029 literary publications across 35 countries, including Barrow Street, Best Canadian Poetry (2009, 2012, 2014), BestNewPoemsOnline, Cincinnati Review and Threepenny Review.


© 2015 Yuan Changming, used by permission

Technoculture Volume 5 (2016)