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LDOC Issue 07.01

free art Monday, April 4, 2016

I’ll be your mirror Photographs by Carly Ries Poetry by Yuan Changming

On the Freeway Driving through a forest I saw a deer Standing alone still Like what I wish to watch From his godly position: Every human is so busy Passing by

Slowly Let us take all the long time we need To wake up from our overdue dreams Get out of the bed, and stretch our Limbs as far as possible for a new morning Let us take all the long time we need To listen to the first song of the birds Watch the rise of this summer sun, feel The breeze combing each tree with tenderness Let us take all the long time we need To enjoy being together with our beloved Exchange a smile so that they can stay with Us just a few seconds or even minutes longer Yes, let’s take all the long time we need To drink this tea, to chat about this weather To look back at the road we have travelled along To think, to cry, and to die in lingering twilight

I Think; Therefore, I Am But of course being what I am Does not always require thinking Being what I am is actually sufficient Or requires nothing but eating, drinking Fucking, farting, pissing, pooing and sleeping Often, being what I am doesn’t even require Feeling, besides making money by selling All that I have and/or I am. Indeed Being what I am requires neither thinking Nor feeling, now except perhaps writing I write; therefore, I am Though I am not what I think

Yuan Changming, 9-time Pushcart nominee and author of seven chapbooks, published monographs on translation before moving out of China. Currently, Yuan edits Poetry Pacific with Allen Yuan in Vancouver, and has poetry appearing in Best Canadian Poetry, BestNewPoemsOnline, Threepenny Review and 1149 others across 38 countries. Carly Ries is an artist living and working Chicago, IL. Her series I’ll be your mirror is an ongoing project in the city of Chicago and areas surrounding Lake Michigan exploring connection between strangers. She received her MFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and her BA from Hampshire College in Amherst, MA. Her photography has been exhibited across the United States. LDOC is a free photography and creative writing publication featuring a new local artist and writer each month, creating an installment-based experience for the Chicago commuter. Find LDOC in red newspaper boxes at the following Red Line stops: Howard St., Belmont, Sox-35th, and 69th. LDOC is also distributed by volunteers at the downtown Red Line Lake stops every first and third Monday evening of the month.

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LDOC Issue 07.01  

LDOC Issue 07.01 / Artist - Carly Ries, "I'll be your mirror" / Writer - Yuan Changming