Generative Genesis of Grammar – Yuan Changming

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Generative Genesis of Grammar

Day 1: Let there be language, God says

Then there was language

And all otherness became loose thoughts


Day 2: God created all nouns

Giving names to everything

And letting them be all kinds of subjects


Day 3: He created verbs

Made everything alive

And let them marry subjects


Day 4: To describe anything

Any body, or any act

He created myriads of modifiers


Day 5: God created all function words

To help humans make senses

Out of His and their own utterances


Day 6: He created grammar

Like a tall ladder

Standing against the Babel Tower


Day 7: God took a break

While watching how words

Parading on the paper or the screen

Yuan Changming, 9-time Pushcart nominee and author of 7 chapbooks (including Wordscaping [2016], published monographs on translation before moving out of China. With a PhD in English, Yuan currently edits Poetry Pacific with Allen Yuan in Vancouver, and has poetry appearing in Best Canadian Poetry, Best New Poems Online, New Coin, Threepenny Review and 1199 others across 38 countries.

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