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.
A sentence may take any shape beyond lemon or lime,
like a worm at the bottom of a bottle, we might watch it squirm,
until it begins to make sense, however flimsy or firm,
or fleeces its jacket, transforms into a churchbell chime
writhing or ringing, two by twelve, its rhythm you'll find
becomes a choral dance, words linking arms in arm,
elbows bumping ribs, hips finding their like and kind,
some bow, some bend their knees, a twirl does no harm;
some may wrench, torque left, lean back, diagonal swing,
holding hands just so, dizzying their hips and hands,
glamming round one another skip and spin, even fling
a wry wrinkled smile that carries you off to ancient lands.
Listen as words pound the barn planks, stomping as the music rolls,
the firelight barely reveals the dust under their soles.