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© 2013 Anna Yin

Anna Yin was born in China and immigrated to Canada in 1999. Anna won the 2005 Ted Plantos Memorial Award, the 2010 MARTY Award and others. Her poems written in English & Chinese, along with ten translations, were published in a Canadian Studies textbook used by Humber College. She has five poetry books. Collections of her poetry Wings Toward Sunlight was published by Mosaic Press in 2011 and Inhaling the Silence was published in 2013. She was interviewed by CBC Radio, Rogers TV, CCTV, China Daily etc. Her poem "Still Life" was selected to ride buses across Canada from July 1, 2013 to July 1, 2014 for Poetry In Transit. Anna is the Ontario representative for the League of Canadian Poets. She works and lives in Mississauga, Ontario. Her website:

"Picking up a Dandelion" is from from Inhaling the Silence. Visit

Picking up a Dandelion

Before dawn,
I pick you up,
then bring you closer.
My fingers slowly roll
over your body,
removing seeds attached to you,
free them into the air.
I hear you sigh
as if breezes swirl at the bottom
of mountains. Through wheels
of twilight, I see you naked and fresh.
A shadow, and now a thin split cocoon,
your face opens to the sky,
then turns to me, shivering in joy.




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