Man Is … the Only Animal 

That Blushes. Or Needs To. – Mark Twain

- Yuan Changming

 

Or that can remain … on friendly terms, says Samuel

Butler, with the victims … he intends to … eat until he

Eats them; that … shows interest in … the sex lives of

 

Other animals; that is able … to invent a story … and 

Spread it … over time and space; that insists … on its

Uniqueness, superiority … and … omniscience; that 

 

Refrains … from farting or fucking in the wild … open; that

Tries to live … not only in the moment, but also … among

The pasts … and futures; that is … capable of making medicines

 

Machines and … machinations; that can readily … convert

Himself from one … ism to another; that enjoys playing …

Words … along this line as Nelson in his … ‘Funny Bird Sex.’



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, the 2018 Naji Naaman's Literary Prize, Best of the Best Canadian Poetry, BestNewPoemsOnline and 1,489 others worldwide.