Thomas Eisenbeiser grew up on a Michigan farm with cattle sheep and horses. He rode horseback most every day. At age 17 he began traveling and has lived in Russia, Germany, Italy, England, France and Mexico. He got two master's degrees from University of Michigan and published two books of poems: A Gathering of Rites (1979) and Crafted (1981). In recent years he divides his time between Nanjing and Ann Arbor.
Wang Yixiao, another name is Ayin Wang. She is a poet and an art designer，she has published three books of poetry, including The Fire of the Strange Shores（2016）, Singing of Time (2011) and Never Forget the Paths We've Taken. Her poems have appeared in various magazines, including Poetry Selected in China.
Rain whispers over the bricks and among the yews
at Palmer House, early spring, a fire
of oak logs warms the foyer, a blues
song, Billy or Bessie, muffles down the stairs;
The old clock croaks and ticks away the seconds
echoing among the portraits in the hall,
we linger in some paradise that beckons
us to travel, the world's a blue steamy ball
And we explore her seas under sails of rag,
lateen bent to a fickle breeze, salt cakes our mouth,
sweet words become fish or birds; ideas play tag
as unseen currents lead blindly toward the south.
The latticed windows suggest prisoner's motifs,
while spring in a new town will offer a prince new leaves.