Mary Ann Eiler
Mary Ann Eiler holds an M.A. in English and a Ph.D in linguistics. She developed classes in the graduate school at the Illinois Institute of Technology and has also taught in high school and community colleges. In 2007 she retired from the American Medical Association, where she wrote on business, technical, and health care issues. She was accepted as a participant in poetry at the Bread Loaf and Aspen Writing Conferences. She lives in Oak Park, Illinois, where she is writing her first novel Feasts of the Virgin.
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.
from Love's Fierce Beauty:
The Changing Seasons of a Woman's Heart
I'm different, I warned.
I know. It's OK.
Words never heard before
That day of unforgiving snow
When I nursed my atonality
In the winter squall of my soul,
Convinced no one wanted me.
I expected retreat -
The raw scourge for my excess.
I tried to confess
I am too intense.
But all I said was
That day you came to visit me.
I bet you play the piano beautifully.
No, not so, not in years.
I wanted you to hear
The dark inversions of my heart -
My unfinished rhapsodies
Rooted in disharmony.
And so I begged
Until the silken cadence of your tongue
Struck muted keys and
Flung me like a lost uncertain note
Into the music of infinity.
That solstice eve
As the landscape slept in ice
and the cold, bent fingers of the sun
Played obliquity with the trees,
You emptied me of all my dissonance.
And so the tempo went
Until the winter moon's opening night
When harmony became less than innocent.