The Fraser River

unlike the far more famous nile
surging ahead with sweat of old africa
or the much mightier huanghe
bursting with torrential tears of all china
from glamorous glaciers deep in the rockies
you are perfectly pure to breasfeed my vancouver
the super sweetheart of north america

(aug.30, 2004)


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 06, 2013