Relief and Belief

When one leaf begins to tremble
The whole willow may remain still;

When one poplar tries to shake
The whole forest will stay calm;

When one forest cannot help agitating
There must be something arising, like a storm.


Changming Yuan authored several books before emigrating from China. He currently teaches writing in Vancouver. Yuan's poetry appears in Barrow Street, Best Canadian Poetry, London Magazine, Southern Ocean Review and over 200 other literary publications. His debut collection "Chansons of a Chinaman" and monograph "Politics and Poetics" both released recently. Yuan has twice been nominated for a Pushcart Prize.

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