Prelude in B Flat Major and O

by Changming Yuan


Prelude in B Flat Major


you are

you are bits

you are bits of pasts

you are bits of others’ pasts

you are bits of other beasts’ pasts


or are you sums of your own human presents?





a rope loop propped up with hope

to lasso words running amuck


a mouth reshaped, repositioned

to pronounce the roundest vowel




Changming Yuan, 4-time Pushcart nominee and author of Allen Qing Yuan, holds a PhD in English, teaches independently and edits Poetry Pacific in Vancouver Yuan’s poetry appears in 619 literary publications across 23 countries, including Barrow Street, Best Canadian Poetry, BestNewPoemsOnline, LiNQ, London Magazine, Poetry Kanto, Paris/Atlantic, Poetry Salzburg, SAND and Taj Mahal Reivew. Poetry submissions welcome at yuans@shaw.ca.


Art by Sheila Lanham