“Self-Making” by Changming Yuan

As we keep eating
All kinds of GMOs, drinking
All kinds of formulas, inhaling
All kinds of pollutants, taking
All kinds of chemical compounds
We are changing, developing ourselves
Into a brand new species
A new generation
Of earthlings


Although we still remain
In this ridiculous human shape
Although we are
No longer nature-developed
But self-made scientific man







Changming Yuan is an 8-time Pushcart nominee who grew up in a remote village, began to learn English at the age of 19, and published several monographs before leaving China. With a PhD in English, Yuan currently tutors and co-edits Poetry Pacific with Allen Qing Yuan in Vancouver. Since mid-2005, Yuan’s poetry has appeared in nearly 900 literary journals and anthologies across 30 countries, including Best Canadian Poetry, BestNewPoemsOnline, and Threepenny Review.