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Raccoon

By: Yuan Chingming

Between two twisted twigs

A raccoon caught itself, neither could

It climb up for the fruit; nor was it willing

To come down to the barren ground

 

    A dark animal

With two big shiny eyes

Staring at me

The way a panda does

When he looks for bamboo leaves

Imported

From his native territory

Yuan Changming published monographs on translation before leaving China. With a Canadian PhD in English, Yuan currently edits Poetry Pacific with Allen Yuan in Vancouver; credits include ten Pushcart nominations, the Naji Naaman's Literary Prize 2018, Best of the Best Canadian Poetry, BestNewPoemsOnline, Threepenny Review and 1,449 others worldwide.  

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