Take a break, get inspired, and learn a bit more about Changming Yuan. Here is our twist on an interview.
- A quote that inspires you:
The meaning of life, if any at all, is to create a meaning for it. -Changming Yuan
- Your writing process described as a song:
My writing process is like one of hatching birds: it takes the right temperature and the right time. Most important, if the egg is not right, it can never become a bird.
- You’re a writer so tell us with your words why you write. But please don’t bore us:
I write; therefore, I am.
For me, writing is the most natural and, therefore, most enjoyable thing to do. I never care about any literary theory or trend; nor does any author have a particular influence on me; nor do I even care about readerly interest. While the most boring and even hateful thing to do about writing is to make submissions or try to get my poems published, literary reputation is just a matter of luck in most cases.
- What is a recent story or poem you’ve had published elsewhere that we should read?
Drafted in my high school friend Li Weigang’s extra apartment in Beijing, “After HyunJung Passed Her Prenatal Screening Test” is the poem I have most recently published (in a new online magazine) Raising Mothers. As its title clearly suggests, the piece was composed as a future gift to my first grandchild Kate, to be born on 11 November 2016, Canada’s Remembrance Day. I wrote this poem, as in the cases of all other pieces that I have ever written (and published) in English or Chinese, simply because I could not help yielding to my urge to create a meaning for a particular experience, be it a thought or sensation.
Changming Yuan, 9-time Pushcart nominee and author of 7 chapbooks, started to learn English at age 19 and published monographs on translation before moving out of China. With a PhD in English, Changming co-edits Poetry Pacific with Allen Yuan in Vancouver, and has poetry appearing in Best Canadian Poetry, BestNewPoemsOnline, Threepenny Review and 1219 others across 38 countries.
See you next week with another not-so-typical interview.