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Forced Perspective

Forced Perspective
By Xiaoyuan Yin

You stated
That landscapes on postcard and plates
Are lithographs of their previous incarnations
Antique, delicately yellowed
Never essentially cut off from its environment, when fitted back-- a seamless artwork is restored

The old lady with gold-rimmed glasses interrupted you:
Gloves off! Show due respect to the judgment!

Gloves? Yes you have borrowed them (with a pair of wrists) from a magazine cover
Close inspection shows a subtle distinction—your mahogany skin
In contrast with his beeswax hue
He has piano-playing annual fingers, which wither with pages of a musical score
When a storm roars outside. While yours, will unveil themselves at night, as branches of a lightning-struck tree

Sharp silhouettes against the horizon: rising sun; everything drawing their shadows behind--
All submissive to your charm…
What you just told yourself, will never be used against you in any court

She pointed at the lavishly-framed photograph, blaming you for looking lofty, adrift on that grey background
It tinkled you right: The enormous grey in there was the ground, and you were just lying tight
And pretended to be wrestling with gravity
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Xiaoyuan Yin

Chief protagonist of encyclopedic poetry writing in China, advocate of hermaphroditical characteristics in poetic creation. Epic Poet, author of 18 long narrative poems (up to 70 thousand lines) and 12 other series (physics, chemistry, biology, geography, geology, psychology, calligraphy, photography, musicology, geometry, atmospheric science, and information sciences) . Member of Translators Association of China and the Poetry Institute of China. Winner of the Best International Translator for 2008 of IPTRC, andthe Prize for Distinguished Translator in the 4th World Poetry Prizes Sponsored by Dr. Choi Laisheung. Editor of several official poetry magazines. Over two thousand poetic works have been published in Ottawa Weekend, North American Maple (Canada) , Aust Cai Hong Ying(Australian) , New World Poetry (U.S.A.) , Tong Hua Daily News(Tailand) , China Daily, Global Times, and various magazines in China. more…

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