Friday, November 3, 2017

Dark Phantasms by Yuan Changming


“These powerful metaphorical poems in Yuan Changming's new collection, Dark Phantasms, push the limits of language and the bizarre in a Lorca dreamscape with echoes of Poe and Orwell. In “Self Abuse,” a man self-decapitates and tries to barbecue his own head with human hair. Or neighbors keep renovating their house with blood and body parts of infants, and “No one knows / What kind of house they are trying to have.” Yuan fiercely executes these surrealist dark metaphors with brilliant imagination and imagery.”

-- Koon Woon, award-winning poet and author of Truth in Rented Rooms and Water Chasing Water

“Yuan Changming's work combines mythology with technology,  utilizing a modern voice that still shows evidence of ancient wisdom. The words are moving in subtle ways that leave the reader filled with quietly obtrusive thoughts.”

-- Brent Armour, Editor-in-Chief of HelloHorror

“Changming’s dark and twisted imagery will have you cozying up to a hellfire furnace as his fantasies set your neighbourhoods and your realities ablaze.” 

-- Allen Qing Yuan, author of Traffic Light and editor of Poetry Pacific


Yuan Changming, nine-time Pushcart and two-time Best of the Net nominee, is the author of six chapbooks [including Wordscaping (Halifax: Fowlpox Press, 2016)], and the world's most widely published poetry creator who speaks Mandarin but writes in English. Growing up in a remote village, Yuan started to learn the English alphabet as an ESL student in Shanghai at age nineteen and published several monographs on translation before leaving China. With a PhD in English from the University of Saskatchewan, Yuan currently edits Poetry Pacific with Allen Qing Yuan at and runs Poetry Pacific Press in Vancouver, Canada. Since mid-2005, he has had poetry appear in nearly 1,400 literary journals and/or anthologies across 40 countries, which include Best of the Best Canadian Poetry: Tenth Anniversary Edition (2017), BestNewPoemsOnline, London Magazine, and Threepenny Review. 

32 pages, 20 poems

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