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Poets’ Corner: Vegetarian Newly Converted

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BY CHANGMING YUAN

 

Vegetarian Newly Converted

now eating nothing

but tomatoes, potatoes

carrots, cabbages,

apples, watermelons

cherries, strawberries

sorghum, pepper

i recognize them all like true communists

either in appearance

or in heart

 

while their lycopene may contribute

to the well-being of my ischemic heart

i can only draw bloody memories from them

about summer fields

about all my red pasts in China

 

ABOUT THE POET

Changming Yuan, an 8-time Pushcart nominee, grew up in rural China and currently tutors in Vancouver, where he co-edits Poetry Pacific with Allen Qing Yuan. Since mid-2005, Changming’s poetry has appeared in 839 literary publications worldwide, including Best Canadian Poetry, BestNewPoemsOnline and Threepenny Review. Find more of his poems at poetrypacific.blogspot.ca

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