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a Phoenician throw-stick
held high in his right hand
the Egyptian basket
lying far beyond his reach
what was, what is
the Chinese peasant
trying to do
in his story?

 

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Post image via African Digital Art

About the Author:

Portrait - YuanYuan Changming, 8-time Pushcart nominee and author of 5 chapbooks, is the most widely published poetry author who speaks Mandarin but  writes English: since mid-2005,  he has had poetry appearing  in Best Canadian Poetry (2009,12,14),  BestNewPoemsOnline,  Kwani?, New Coin, Rowayat, Saraba Magazine, Threepenny Review and 1069 others across 36 countries.  Growing up in a remote Chinese village, Yuan began to learn English at 19 and published monographs on translation before moving to Canada; with a PhD in English, Yuan currently edits Poetry Pacific with his poet son Allen Qing Yuan in Vancouver.

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Ainehi Edoro is an Assistant Professor of English at the University of Wisconsin-Madison where she teaches African literature. She received her doctorate at Duke University. She is the founder and editor of Brittle Paper and series editor of Ohio University Press’s Modern African Writer’s imprint.

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