watercolor by Rebecca Mesonjnik



by Changming Yuan


Is definitely not

An indefinitely big orange

But we have cut it

Into regular slices of carpels

So thin and so tiny

We can no longer get the taste of

Its shiny flesh, nor can we

See its juicy color while

Eating it


Now we have even forgotten it both looks

And tastes like sunlight


Changming Yuan, eight-time Pushcart nominee and author of Chansons of a Chinaman (2009) and Landscaping (2013), grew up in rural China and currently tutors in Vancouver, where he co-edits Poetry Pacific with Allen Qing Yuan. Since mid-2005, Changming’s poetry has appeared in 849 literary publications across 29 countries, including Asia Literary Review, Best Canadian Poetry, BestNewPoemsOnline, London Magazine, and Threepenny Review. In 2009 he visited New York City, where his elder son had his wedding tour.

Rebecca Mesonjnik is a high school sophomore from New York and an aspiring artist. This is her first published work.