“At Qingming Festival: A Memorial Poem for Yuan Hongqi” by Changming Yuan1 min read

2 April, 2019 0 comment

Illustration by Katya Roxas

At Qingming Festival
True, it can never grow
Like a real seed, but
My father’s bone ash is
So well planted there
In the rich soil of his
Native village, it has kept us
Hoping & hoping
For just another harvest

Yuan Changming published monographs on translation before leaving China. With a Canadian PhD in English, Yuan currently lives in Vancouver, where he edits Poetry Pacific with Allen Yuan. Credits include ten Pushcart nominations, Best of the Best Canadian Poetry (2008-17), BestNewPoemsOnline, the 2018 Naji Naaman’s Literary Prize, among 1,519 others.

Born and raised in the Philippines, Katya Roxas is well-versed with the sacrifices and opportunities that come with being an immigrant. Through her experiences, she strives to break the barriers of cultural misrepresentation by creating honest and inclusive visual expressions.

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