in the overly exploited mine of vocabulary
he digs deep his ores hard and shiny

at the heavily guarded garden of syntax
he keeps pruning his trees dripping with green

among the wildly running crowds of sounds
he skillfully cowboys his colts cute and lively


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 August 21, 2013