Winter Vision

By Yuan Changming

Like billions of dark butterflies
Beating their wings
Against nightmares, rather
Like myriads of
Spirited coal-flakes
Spread from the sky
Of another world
A heavy black snow
Falls, falling, fallen
Down towards the horizon
Of my mind, where a little crow
White as a lost patch
Of autumn fog
Is trying to fly, flapping
From bough to bough

"Ashes" by Trilok Rangan

“Ashes” by Trilok Rangan

Yuan Changming, 8-time Pushcart nominee and author of 5 chapbooks, is the most widely published poet who speaks Mandarin but writes English. Growing up in a remote village, Yuan authored several monographs on translation before moving to Canada. With a PhD in English, Yuan currently edits Poetry Pacific with Allen Qing Yuan at, and has poetry appearing in 1,059 literary publications across 36 countries, which include Best Canadian Poetry, Best New Poems Online and Threepenny Review.