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


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Changming Yuan, 9-time Pushcart nominee and author of 7 chapbooks, started to learn English at age 19 and published monographs on translation before moving out of China. Currently, Changming edits Poetry Pacific with Allen Yuan in Vancouver, and has poetry appearing in Best Canadian Poetry, BestNewPoemsOnline, Threepenny Review and 1219 others across 38 countries.