Artist Statement

What is Poetry? To me, it is music without a synthesizer, but equally delicious to the ears and mindwas an old expression but now a new hobby will be created by graceful hands and tasteful heartshas been retained thoughts, burst like mint bubbles can be lyrics to a song never published or sampled could be new art, Da Vinci’s undead pursuit should be inspiring, a star searing sight might be symbols for those treasure huntersmay be simple for those simple-minded is being a pastime for those enjoying free timebut it is not dead it is just dormant, inside our pens.

Artist Bio:

Alex Qing Yuan, born in Canada and aged 17, currently attends high school and edits Poetry Pacific in Vancouver. Since grade 10, Allen's poetry has appeared in 49 literary publications across 13 countries, including Contemporary American Voices, Cordite Poetry Review, Istanbul Literary Review, Literary Review of Canada, Mobius, Paris/Atlantic, Poetry Scotland, Spillway, Taj Mahal Review and Two Thirds North. Poetry submissions welcome at

Buddha Beads

Allen Quin Yuan


17 spheres conceived by the flesh of earth and water
to keep myself restrained by good faith


rich cocoa coconut shells, albeit grazes and nicks,
each a whim
weathered and dropping


yet so creamy like euphony from the lips
each a whim or wish
unspoken but powerfully recited


inscribed with mini-mighty Buddhas
each a whimsical wish
to be enshrined and embraced


the stretchy wire coiled through and up into delicate loops
each a dying whimsical wish
heading towards where they're all tied up


the carvings of Asian depictions
each a deflated dying whimsical wish
for luck to somehow hang around my hands

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