“Lexical Proverbs Newly Discovered” by Yuan Changming

No art without startle
No belief without a lie
No character without an act
No business without sin
No coffee without a fee
No culture without a cult

No entrance without a trance
No Europe without a rope
No freedom without a reed
No friendship without an end
No glove without love
No ghost without a host

No groom without a room
No infancy without fancy
No life without if
No malady without a lady
No manifestation without man
No mason without a son

No millionaire without a lion
No passage without a sage
No pharmacy without harm
No plant without a plan
No prevention without an event
No product without a duct

No sight without a sigh
No slaughter without laughter
No spring without a ring
No substance without a stance
No think without ink
No truth without a rut


Yuan Changming published monographs on translation before leaving China. With a Canadian PhD in English, Yuan currently edits Poetry Pacific with Allen Yuan and hosts Happy Yangsheng in Vancouver; credits include nine Pushcart nominations, Best of the Best Canadian Poetry (2008-17), BestNewPoemsOnline, Threepenny Review and 1,369 others worldwide.

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