Anagrammed Variations of the American Dream

Yuan Changming

A ram cairned me

In a crammed era [where]

Cameramen raid

A dire cameraman [or]

Arid cameramen


A creamed airman [or]

A carmine dream

A minced ram ear

[a] maniac rearmed

As freedom turns into a dorm fee

Democracy to a car comedy, and

Human rights to harming huts


Yuan Changming, nine-time Pushcart and one-time Best of Net nominee, started to learn English at 19 and published monographs on translation before moving out of China. With a Canadian PhD in English, Yuan currently edits Poetry Pacific with Allen Yuan in Vancouver. Credits include BestNewPoemsOnline, Best Canadian Poetry, Threepenny Review, and 1269 others across 38 countries.
Published March 15, 2017
© 2017 Yuan Changming