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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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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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I hold a doctorate in English from Duke University and recently joined the Marquette University English faculty as an Assistant Professor. I love teaching African fiction and contemporary British novels. Brittle Paper is the virtual space/station where I play and experiment with ideas on how to reinvent African fiction and literary culture.

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