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Khöömei

By Yuan Changming



A deep double-

Throat, singing

From beyond

Heaven or hell

Echoing in nature

As it finds itself

Heard in

A human voice

Like a whale’s call

Perceivable

By its like

Even afar across

The whole Pacific



 


Yuan Changming began to learn the English alphabet in Shanghai at age 19. With a Canadian PhD in English, Yuan edits Poetry Pacific with Allen Yuan in Vancouver. Credits include 12 Pushcart nominations, 15 collections & appearances in Best of the Best Canadian Poetry (2008-17), BestNewPoemsOnline & Poetry Daily, among 2009 others, across 49 countries. Yuan was a poetry judge for Canada’s 2021 National Magazine Awards. Early in 2022, Yuan began writing and publishing fiction.

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