since i eloped with my little dream
from a straw-roofed farmhouse
reed fenced in a chinese village
i have traveled far and wide
moving from city to city
sheltering my yellowish soul
in an asphyxiating basement
or a dramatically drab apartment
or a democratic duplex
always in a rented room
until i am now privileged
with more words than worth
to jump this hot and huge market
trying to find a home of my own
where my soul can settle down
without commitment to any mortgagor


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 May 24, 2019