Anna Yin: Visiting Ground Zero


Anna Yin was born in China, immigrated to Canada in 1999 and has published more than eighty poems internationally. In 2005, Anna received the Ontario Poetry Society’s Ted Plantos Memorial Award. She was interviewed by CBC Radio for her poem “Toronto, No More Weeping”. Anna is a member of the League of Canadian Poets and a Director of the Chinese Cultural Federation of North America. Anna was selected as “CFP Feature Poet” for February (2006) by the Canadian Federation of Poets. Her poems in English & Chinese and ten translations by her were in a Canadian Studies’ textbook used by Humber College. She has chapbooks: Jasmine Star Light, Farewell to Sunflowers (Chinese/English). Anna holds a Bachelor of Science degree from Nanjing University and a Creative Writing Certificate from the University of Toronto. In 2010, she won MARTY award for Emerging Literary Arts presented by the Mississauga Arts Council for her poetry and contributions to the community. Her website:


Visiting Ground Zero (2009)


Still two huge holes

surrounded by wood fence.


Countless people stop by,

heads bowed, fingers crossed.


Inside: permanent monuments printed;

outside: names on names recalled.


Still they lie without response.

Unsettled, we cross the path,


move on.