Poetry in Translation /East Meets West

A series of online events focus on poetry and translation by reading and discussing original poems then translations between poets and translator. We will talk about the myth of lost in translation, tackle the art of re-creation and exchange the mutual gain through the process.  The poets are George Elliott Clarke, Molly Peacock, Alice Major and A. F. Moritz, and the translator is Anna Yin

Each session will last 90 minutes and will involve one English-language poet and the Chinese translator to discuss techniques and adaptability required and close-reading poems of different styles and subjects.

These events aim to engage the audience and stimulate wider and stronger interest and conversation for cross-cultural exchange in poetry.

Four sessions are on Friday night 8:00-9:30pm with Zoom meeting:

Zoom Meeting ID: 871 3466 4583  Co-host by The East and West Learning Club

Oct 3, 15:00-16:30 the group session on Zoom -a summary with the above poets and open mic (for the translations of their poems)

Molly Peacock’s latest poetry collections are The Analyst and Cornucopia: New and Selected Poems.  She is the series founder of The Best Canadian Poetry and the co-founder of Poetry in Motion on New York’s subways and buses.  Her poems appear in leading literary journals such as Poetry, The Malahat Review and The Hudson Review, and are anthologized in The Oxford Book of American Poetry. Author of a one-person play about poetry, The Shimmering Verge, she is working on Form with Feeling, a collection of essays.

A. F. Moritzis the 6thPoet Laureate of Toronto. His most recent books are As Far As You Know (2020) and The Sparrow: Selected Poems (2018), both from House of Anansi Press. In 2015, Princeton University Press republished his 1986 volume in the Princeton Series of Contemporary Poets, The Tradition. He has published nineteen books of poems, and several volumes of poetry translated from French and Spanish. His poetry has received the Griffin Poetry Prize, the Guggenheim Fellowship, the Award in Literature of the American Academy of Arts and Letters, the Beth Hokin Prize of Poetry magazine, and other awards.

Alice Major‘s 11th poetry collection is “Welcome to the Anthropocene”. published by the University of Alberta Press. Science has been a source of inspiration for much of her work, including an award-winning collection of essays: “Intersecting Sets: A Poet Looks at Science.” Alice served as the first poet laureate for her home city of Edmonton and her honours include an honorary doctorate of letters from the University of Alberta. www.alicemajor.com


The 4th Poet Laureate of Toronto (2012-15) and the 7th Parliamentary/Canadian Poet Laureate (2016-17), George Elliott Clarke is a revered artist in song, drama, fiction, screenplay, essays, and poetry.  Born in Windsor, Nova Scotia, in 1960, Clarke was educated at the University of Waterloo, Dalhousie University, and Queen’s University.  Clarke is also a pioneering scholar of African-Canadian literature.  A professor of English at the University of Toronto, Clarke has taught at Duke, McGill, the University of British Columbia, and Harvard.  He holds eight honorary doctorates, plus appointments to the Order of Nova Scotia and the Order of Canada at the rank of Officer.  His recognitions include the Pierre Elliott Trudeau Fellows Prize, the Governor-General’s Award for Poetry, the National Magazine Gold Award for Poetry,, the Dartmouth Book Award for Fiction, the Eric Hoffer Book Award for Poetry (US), and the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Achievement Award.

Anna Yin’s online poetry alive workshops for schools and Haiku workshop

Anna is a participating poet for the League’s Poets In The Schools Program, and she has thoughtfully made her “Poetry Alive” classroom workshops available on Youtube. Check out her workshop. it’s poetry fun for the whole family! 


Anna Yin’s Online Haiku workshop

Anna is a participating poet for the League’s Poets In The Schools Program, and she has thoughtfully made her “Poetry Alive” classroom workshops available on Youtube. Check out her workshop. it’s poetry fun for the whole family! 


Poems about COVID-19/抗疫诗歌分享

Waiting for You in the Sunlight

News of epidemic spread everywhere;
our anxiety and worries grow .
Yet the sun shines brightly and warmly,
birds are seen here and there.

Masks mailing to you are still on their way;
my heart waiting for you has set out flying.
I hope the spring will soon blossom,
and folks sing happily and freely.

Wandering in the woods at the moment,
I stare at the setting sun;
opening my hands to catch the distant light,
I long for a new day to come.
My dear, remember-
I am waiting for you in the sun light.





写在雨水之后/星子安娜 02/19/2020




songs from Nature
I pause to listen…
in this cold winter

feathers rise somewhere
I hope you
land safe

spring returns
sick and tired souls
weeping no more

-anna yin /2020/02/11

Ask /Anna Yin

Who has covered the Mouth of Truth?
Now all the invisible souls
wearing masks weep…

天問 /星子安娜


A Song for Nameless Heroes/無名的守護


A Song for Nameless Heroes (trans by Anna Yin)

When our city is hushed by infection,
storms smash it with no prediction;
but fearless heroes rush to rescue
even knowing danger waits ahead.

When we say goodbye to theaters
and pause gathering for the moment;
so many nameless volunteers race
to offer their hands to save our lives.

At the moment of departure,
each one’s eyes are tearful.
Remember the vows in your heart;
each minute passing,
each silent effort,
we all promise “So long for now”.

Facing the camera, you smile.
your smiles are so bright.
But being shorn isn’t easy for you;
in fact, you are also scared,
yet you pretend to be brave…
So many touching stories like this,
Each story is a warm sun for us.

No matter worn and exhausted
you say you’re used to it –
for the cold world, there must
be someone to warm it up.
I think I see a star not afar.
I know the star is each of you.
No need to be afraid anymore.
No need to be afraid.

When we lay down yesterday ’s troubles,
we will embrace more stunning wonders.
Rainbows appear after storms for a reason,
for you give out your warmth all the time.

Perhaps dawn is almost ahead,
your smile is even sweeter.
Yet dare not relax for a moment.
Regardless of wind and rain,
no matter how difficult it is,
remember the smiling faces in your heart.
And we remember your warmth in our hearts.

You are our heroes.
You are the bright stars.
Thank you for your rescue.
Thank you for your warmth.

cherry blossom and those wings (a trip to Washington DC)

cherry blossom and those wings

in morning rain
picking up fallen petals
i think of you

once in blossom
now still
the light to my path

carried by winds
or resting in my hands
each bears a dream

separated journeys to be…
the same

in my dream
like a child holding your hands…
i have this sweet sleep

words pass through
the bird’s songs
stars are listening…

those wings, yours or mine?
rise up
without a sound

Anna Yin 2019/4/5

Chinese version published in Taiwan the next year.








Visiting Corning Museum of Glass (with photos)

#haiku #poetry #travel (@2019/4/7)
I bought you
an Hour Glass- a gift…
you for me, timeless


green eye-Cosmos Dream
i stop by…
seeing myself






droplet by droplet
so much blue



this heavy bride dress,
for whom to wear?
another snow over it…






What have they named you?
doesn’t matter now-
wings almost alright…




by the dream-boat
i think of you…
the shore in the light





time for tea…
anyone with me?
such indigo blue





our journey goes
round and round



apples and pears
i pick up
their later sweet

@anna yin  #PoetryAlive

haiku from daily walk

the poems gifted to me on my walk:
even though up high

with carved wings
i hear the falling sigh

fallen side by side…
from the same tree
or because of the wind?

the owner of the house
long gone…
the water draws circles

you are not the fish…
neither the cloud nor I






Heart Haiku from Ride for Heart supporters

The following haiku are sending to support Haiku walking tour for Ride for Heart 2018  

(Guest editor: Claudia Radmore)  Thank you all for contribution of haiku and photos.  (Photos by Guan Tao, Oliver Yang,  Yuan Ming Hui, Coach Luo and online)

What is haiku?

A haiku is a brief poem that uses concrete images to reflect natural events and human experiences, using a two-part juxtaposition as well as simple and objective language to capture a moment of wonder or wholeness and presents the existence as it is.

Haiku is originally from Japan. It had only 17 syllables, but in English, poets like to write even shorter. But, the philosophy of haiku has been preserved: the focus is on a brief moment in time (here and now); a use of provocative, colorful images; an ability to be read in one breath; and a sense of sudden enlightenment or illumination. Senryu is another similar poetry form. Here we include both.


From Ernesto P. Santiago (Greece)

riding together
on a long arching path —
bleeding hearts

bike day —
through the lush green field
a heart to unwind

cycling countryside
smoother than unaged wine
this poet’s heart

moving in the wind
with tendrils of baby’s breath
two hearts and a bike

From radhamani Sarma (India)
walking together…
his friendly touch
with fast heartbeats

koel calls…
my walk beating with
too many rhythms

From Chen-ou Liu(Toronto)

heart-shaped flowers
I need nothing
but birdsong

a ponytailed girl
draws a heart in the sand …
rising sun

From Dorothy Mahoney

heart’s ease
the dog rolling in
spring grass

From Michael Dylan Welch (US)

she tells me
I’m her heart’s desire . . .
budding blossoms

at the gravesite
mother says something
about a purple heart

for sale
at the neighbourhood pawn shop
a purple heart


From Bryan Cook (Ottawa)

that second blip
on my chart
a heart-felt caution

veggies and
zero fat yogurt
heart healthy

without my banjo

my heart and
our grandfather clock
marking time

with her at the Odeon
goes my heart

her perfume
in my heart

From Angelee Deodhar(India)

Valentine’s Day-
he gives me a heart shaped
blood pressure pill

 From FGSnow (China)
growing into love
my heart dances
in the sky



From Anna Yin (PCC)

Ride for Heart
new hope rises…
worries lifting

into the heart
of the city
how much I miss green

holding breath
under the dawning light
i too hear the heartbeats


old songs…
my heart goes on
along the moon river

the journey to home
beats of my heart

mother’s day
someone draws a heart
on the sandy beach

breaking news
she reaches for another pill


crowd after crowd
snapshots in cherry blossoms
the puppy’s cute turn


18th birthday
his first heartbeat
i still remember

From Jin Li (PCC)

5k to 75k
walking or biking
hearts for charity

shingles blown away
heavy heart up there
loyalty not shaken


from MOM to WOW
love and sacrifice
not only in literacy of the heart

From Leslie Yang (PCC)

the cherry blossoms
and my withered heart


cherry blossoms at dusk
selfie couple shaking the tree
petals snow in my heart


flowers bloom like songs
uni-verse touches my heart
with every rhythm

From Rolly Sanchez (PCC)

rushing river
running feet
hearts feel the beat

up and down the valley…
sweating and striving
for tomorrow’s ride


From Samar Javid (PCC)

wheel turns round…
in a cycle
detoxing our heart




From  Cheryl Ashley (BC, Canada)

angels linger over hearts
in my garden


Sound of heart beats
In the fuchsia

From Sonia Saikaley (Ottawa)

my heart longs
spring mornings
sparrows sing

my mother cooks
heart and soul-soothing food
Sunday dinners

From Philomene Kocher (Ontario)

bus station musician
the sound hole of his guitar
shaped like a heart

just a glimpse
of the oriole
enough to make my heart sing

so many years
this recipe I know
by heart

From John B. Lee (Ontario)

one red fist
wrapped in silk for sparring
heart within the bone

From Honey Novick (Toronto)

rose blossoms…
hope in my heart
lights up the world

From Zhang Yi (Toronto)

a dozing moon
cricket songs fade
pounding heartbeats

From kj munro (Yukon, Canada)

I reside just outside the burrow that is your heart

waves pounding the sand
we ignore
our heart beats

From Marjorie Bruhmuller

the heart doctor
checking my ultrasound
a spectrum of sparks

From Patrick Connors (Toronto)

the heart keeps
pumping and pulsing
blood and life

the source of
life and love-
our flowing heart

From Leanne McIntosh (BC)

six sudden leaps
our hearts racing
pond frog

From Lara Beasley

facing each other
a heart shape

From anonymous (Toronto)

summer breeze…
my riding heart cheers
as you pass by

From Elena Naskova (USA)

curving hills
we walk to beat of our
palpating heart

change of heart …
an empty bird cage
in her bedroom

approaching you
rushing heartbeats
in my ears

my rattling heart
at heaven’s gateway…
Rattlesnake Ledge

hospital hallways
the sound of someone’s

winter night —
your rapid heartbeats
against my open palm

the room fills with
sound of heartbeats

From Alan Summers(UK)

everything starts
to begin and end––

the heart
of a morning
first song

the cry of geese
a beating heart hears
what it hears

the first cut
heals over

this sorrowing heart fading into plum blossom

fourteen summers
the glue remains
of a paper heart

magnolia moon
Fukushima needs petals
for everyone’s heart

wedding party
a mum carries a heart
on her handbag

the heartbreak of others
a plane’s contrail catches up
with a flight of rooks

the childing autumn
I forget heartbreak
stains to violets

From Astrid Egger (BC)

her smile ahead …
past the smoothie bowl
a trail of hemp hearts

women’s auxiliary building
year after year
bleeding hearts

her heart-shaped face
a sunflower mask

a heartfelt prayer…
cardiologist checks
his own pulse

*steady climb
ride for heart
on his sleeve

From Nika

on the wind
the scent of winter
my aging heart

scattered clouds
off in all directions
my lonely heart

skid row
asleep on the sidewalk
a broken heart

Haiku walking tour for Ride for Heart 2018 Updates

Had a great time and met many people at #RideForHeart. Took some photos and wrote some haiku-ish for that… thank you all for support and donation of money or haiku...

medal for each
four on one bike
cheers in morning breezes

where are you?
at the finish line
I capture the passing of others

fun to check up
my heartbeats go fast
many rounds of riding

waiting to walk
they hold heart haiku cards
cheering Ride for Heart

–June 4, 2018

Anna Yin







Because I believe a healthy and happy life is very important, I am fundraising for the 2018 Manulife Heart & Stroke Ride for Heart on June 3. Your donation will push forward life-saving research like this and more and fund incredible breakthroughs to create more survivors of heart disease and stroke!

I choose to walk in the event because I want to do both Walking and haiku writing so that I can write about what I see and feel along the journey. Haiku is a three-line short poem. Everyone is welcome to join me to experience it. It is a healthy and mindful way of living. Here are some examples I wrote to start…

Today I sent my call for submission “Heart Haiku” for Ride for Heart 2018, I am happy to see that many haiku from US, UK and Canada have arrived.  Here is the link for Heart Haiku from Ride for Heart supporters.   I will keep adding more. After I collect them, I will make small cards like the above samples and distribute them while I am walking for Ride for Heart.

For donating to Ride for Heart, please click: http://support.heartandstroke.ca/site/TR/RFH2018/RFH2018?px=2002868&pg=personal&fr_id=5303

Thank you.

 Anna Yin
May 4, 2018