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Ischemia

 Changming Yuan
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 Changming Yuan
Ischemia
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Changming Yuan, three-time Pushcart nominee and author of Chansons of a Chinaman (2009), is a Chinaman getting newly old. Among hundreds of poems...read more he has published in literary outlets including Best Canadian Poetry, BestNewPoemsOnline, Exquisite Corpse and London Magazine, one that makes him feel particularly proud is his 15-year-old younger son Allen Qing Yuan who has become a recognized poetry scribbler in his own right.
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In my line of people, especially on my fathers side
There never seems to have been ample blood
Running within the arteries behind our chests
No matter how warm-hearted we actually are

As in the case of my father, who used to
Accuse me of being an ill-hearted teenager
My heart muscle is imbalanced
As one side is less infused with blood
Than the other, thus causing palpitation
Short breath, and a strong sense of
Tightness, heaviness or tiredness about life

To diagnose my cardiovascular defection
Neither an echo nor a stress test is needed
For I am keenly aware of my own doomed
Arteries that have been clotted  
With too many syllables
Voiced or voiceless  
And to make all these sounds flow out of my heart
Is already stressful enough

But even if I could die a sudden and echoless death
I will keep pumping out all these blood-soaked words

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