Zhang Min-gui (1962 -): Born in Jurong,Jiangsu Province. Graduated from Museology School, Northwestern University(1998). Staff member of Agricultural Commission in Jurong City. Member of Jiangsu Provincial Writers Association. In 2000 he began writing poetry. His works appeared in the various journals at home including Shikan and The Yangtze River Poetry Journal. Poetry collection: I Like the Words that Areri Oginally Clean (2010).
Ziqing Zhang is professor of Institute of Foreign Literature, Nanjing University, Nanjing, guest research Fellow of Chinese American Literature Research Center, Beijing University of Foreign Studies, Beijing. He was a visiting scholar as a post-doctoral fellow at Harvard University from 1982 to 1983 and Fulbright Scholar at Harvard University and The University of California at Berkeley from 1993 to 1994. His works include A History of 20th Century American Poetry (1995, 1997), Selected Poems of T.S.Eliot (1985), Selected American Poems (1993) and Birthday Letters by Ted Hughes (1998). He has co-authored Two Sides of the Globe: Contemporary Chinese and American Literatures and Their Comparison (1993) and On American New Pastoral Poems (2006). He has received many awards including The First Prize of Humanities Research Science Foundation of Nanjing University in 1998.
The mountain, lifted by clouds, must be very light.
Legend has evacuated its weight
as have the trees and chirping cicadas.
When the rain comes, the mountain floats
on a cloud, shaken by the wind.
The mountain is not high.
A titmouse flies over it easily, leaving
its crisp song rolling like silk down the hill.
Its stream flows with a crystal chill
from the ancient Yangtze sea.
The warmth of its red, sandy soil comes
from deep-buried magma.
It urges flowers to blossom
and leak out its ancient secrets.