[ Issue 4 / February 2013 ]

first formed in the far east

a horizontal line

kept moving westwards

point by point

as it rose gradually

trying to stand up straight

like the axis of the earth

to be identical with the first person singular

with or without a serif at the top

with or without a support at the bottom

until 1 and i became one and the same

presenting itself as a single unity

one that is its own factorial

its own square, its own cube, the identity

For multiplicities, each derived from tai chi or nothingness

First of all there was, there has been.


Changming Yuan, 4-time Pushcart nominee and author of Allen Qing Yuan,
holds a PhD in English and edits Poetry Pacific in Vancouver. Yuan’s
poetry appears in 629 literary publications across 24 countries,
including Best Canadian Poetry and BestNewPoems Online.