Ruan Wright, born and educated in Great Britain, has lived in the U.S. since 1996. She now lives in the south-western suburbs of Chicago. Her work has received many awards and has been published in many literary journals. She is a member of the Illinois State Poetry Society, Chair of the Naperville Writers Group, and assistant fiction editor of Fifth Wednesday Journal. Her poetry collection thought-fish was published by Moon Journal Press in 2009.
William Marr (Fei Ma)
诗人非马出版有十四本诗集 （除《秋窗 》是英文外，其它都是中文） 以及几本翻译，包括双语诗选《让盛宴开始──我喜爱的英文诗》。他还编选出版了几本台湾及中国现代诗选。他是前任伊利诺州诗人协会的会长，现居芝加哥。
William Marr (Fei Ma) is the author of fourteen books of poetry (all in his native Chinese language except Autumn Window which is in English) and several books of translations, including the bilingual anthology Let the Feast Begin—My Favorite English Poems. He has also edited and published several anthologies of contemporary Taiwanese and Chinese poetry. A longtime resident of Chicago, he served from 1993 to 1995 as the president of the Illinois State Poetry Society.
If I were a man I would keep my counsel
And not worry about being understood
I'd have my views and they'd be my own
Bad or good
I wouldn't get upset if you disagreed–
For my right to be right
Is my right, after all.
If I were a man I would fight for my cause
And not be persuaded by your point of view
I'd enjoy the battle, then shake hands
Win or lose
I wouldn't expect us to fully agree –
But I'd know what was true
And that truth does prevail.
If I were a man dust wouldn't bother me
I'd swipe it with my hankie, maybe rub with
My sleeve, or write my name upon it
Clean or not
I'd have my fun, do as I please. Everyone
Knows dust is impossible
And always comes back again.
If I were a man I wouldn't be writing this
I'd be fishing or snoozing or watching the game
Or getting my girl to play –
But she's telling me how she feels
Blaming me, crying
Dusty smears into my handkerchief
And telling me to leave.