Xiong Guotai, born in Shang Rao County, Jiangxi Province, China, in 1960s. He is currently the Chair of the Department of Chinese Literature at Oujiang College and a visiting professor at the College of Music of Wenzhou University. He the author of three books of poetry, including Walking on the Snow, The Candle Holder, The Domain of the Lightning. He is also the chief editor of The Poetry Anthology of Nine Poets in Jiangxi. Xiong also devoted himself into lyrics writing, among which The Azure Youth is the most famous, selected as the anthem of the 14th university students' sports meet in Zhejiang Province.
Long Danni, born in Hunan Province, China. Graduated from Beijing University and earned her M.A at The Chinese University of Hong Kong.
When dewdrops hang from the leaves,
And allow you to reston the branches;
When dew turns your thin wings transparent,
You can finally rest in the shade.
You know it's not the time to call
Until heaven soothes its tranquil soul,
For now the bustling petals-
the frills of April- fall upon the soil
Until the seedlings grow pregnant with grains,
The sowers prostrate themselves at the shrine,
And the barefoot maids do their washing in the rill,
you are not braced to sing a new, lifelong rhyme.
When the sun's bright beams fierce,
Bring amaranth, green pepper, and balsam pear to the table,
You will now sing,
With your song soaring higher than the roof.
Only when autumn frost freezes dew on the leaves,
September pronounces summer's decease,
Will you sing yourself to death,
Leaving only an empty shell.
While whoever, cursed or blessed,
To you a dewdrop provides
Will be granted with your trill
And a whole summer tranquil.