Ge Duo is the penname of Wang Xu, who was born in Beizhang Village in the suburb of Beijing in 1975. He is a poet and novelist. He has written two full-length novels: Him, The Thinker on the Toilet, a book of essays, Stories of the Village, two poetry collections, Kafka's Raven, The Riverbed Strewn with Pebbles: Selected Poems of Ge Duo (1999-2014). His poetry and prose works appeared in many Chinese poetry journals and selections.
Peter Feng was born in Chongqing, China, in 1979. He has received a Ph.D degree in literature from Nanjing University and currently teaches English at Jinan University. He has translated The Collected Poems of Sylvia Plath (2013), The Web and the Rock (2011), A Journey through the Chinese Empire (2006), and co-written a book of poems: Cruel Raven (2011). His study includes poetry, psychoanalysis, and contemporary philosophy.
Living in seclusion in town, no adventure
walked with Kafka at dusk. No news of
marine fishes, so he went to the supermarket
and plunged into the crowd. The sardine on the trademark
of the tin can waved his lonely fin
O, Sea! He couldn't help lyricizing
while another sea poured out
from his heart, rolling skeletons toward him.