Changming Yuan, 4-time Pushcart nominee and author of Allen Qing Yuan, holds a PhD in English and teaches independently in Vancouver, where he edits Poetry Pacific at poetrypacific.blogspot.ca. Yuan's poetry appears in 609 literary publications across 23 countries, including Best Canadian Poetry, BestNewPoemsOnline, Cortland Review, Exquisite Corpse, RHINO, San Clara Review and World Literature Today.
a rope loop propped up with hope
to lasso words running amuck
a mouth reshaped, repositioned
to pronounce the roundest vowel