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Pun Poems (5): Sell Liberation of Word's Worth

Changming Yuan





Although with a broken pen soul

I am not writing tear ably

or pointlessly on the new clear issue

for the magazine run by a non-prophet society

set up on the basis of its members’ lie ability

To me, an operation would not secure but mean

a sentence to the peace in that infected area

As a banana author, I may lack a peel

but it is rarely better to turn left

than to be all right. To avoid a rest

I have de sided to go fast on a weak day

then I will call my sun to rice in the mourning

after he falls in love at the first site. In deed

if we give the act an inch, it would become

a ruler. Just like a life guard, I hope

to keep all the buoys in line. With a film-like

memory yet to be developed, I try

to keep my head above the water

as I swim for word, yet I have no interest

in the bank. Unlike a lawyer who may be debarred

or a model to be deposed, i will never become

a poet to be decomposed, nor do I allow my train

of thaw derailed; rather, I will commit sue side

by continuing to write worse or move in verse







The lithograph above is by Bob Tomolillo and titled "B & A."  Check out our interview with Bob here.


Changming Yuan, author of Chansons of a Chinaman (2009) and Politics and Poetics (2009), is a three-time Pushcart nominee who grew up in a remote Chinese village and published several books before moving to Canada. With a PhD in English, Yuan currently works as a private tutor in Vancouver and has poetry appearing in Barrow Street, Best Canadian Poetry, BestNewPoemsOnline, London Magazine and nearly 350 other literary journals/anthologies in 15 countries.

A perfectly healthy sentence, it is true, is extremely rare. For the most part we miss the hue and fragrance of the thought; as if we could be satisfied with the dews of the morning or evening without their colors, or the heavens without their azure. - Henry David Thoreau


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