At the Kitslano Beach

i spot and pick up
a curious clam
whose flimsy lips fairly open
and her tongue keeps reaching out
as if to reveal
the saltiness of seawater
the sad face of sand
and anecdotes about certain fishes
whose narration i really do not understand
although my younger son assures me
he can


Mike Yuan, also known as Yuan Zhengming in Chinese, is a 5-time Pushcart nominee and author of two poetry collections. Growing up in a remote and impoverished village in central China, Mike received his post-secondary education in Shanghai and Tianjin, worked as a college lecturer and published several monographs in addition to many journal articles before moving to Canada as an international student. With a PhD in English from the University of Saskatchewan, Mike currently lives and works as a property manager in Vancouver. Since mid-2005, Mike Yuan has had poetry appear in more than 700 literary magazines and anthologies across 27 countries.

Last updated September 28, 2013