Xu Ming-de（1950-）, born in Ganyu County, Jiangsu Province. Educated at Nanjing University from 1987 to 1989. Served in the army for 13 years in 1970s-early 1980s. Poet, Member of Writers’ Association of China, Editor of Yangtze River Poetry Bimonthly. His publications include The Boat out of Its Bearings (1990), Selected Short Poems (2002) and I Stood on the Train for One Thousand Kilometers (2002). He is a recipient of Literary Writing Prize by Sprout in 1984 and Purple Mountain Literary Prize by Jiangsu Writers' Association in 2008.
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.
I'm waiting for the sweater,
the one with the broken threads;
it has chilled me to the bone
waiting all my life.
The Urbanized Villages in the South Jiangsu Province1
There are no longer bird's nests in sparse trees
nor any smoke rising from kitchen chimneys around
the tree branches in the morning or evening;
nor the crowing of cocks or the barking of dogs,
nor the croaking of frogs or the shrilly chirping of cicadas.
The soft sand paths with exuberant grass
are replaced by the dead-faced asphalt roads
and the ringing of cattle bells by the honking
of cars, buses or trucks, and wheat fields cut into
small yards of flowers in the comfortable home communities.
This is the modern life we enjoy in the urbanized countryside.
 It is reported in the mass media that areas in southern China
become more prosperous, townization and citization proceed apace.
Villages become more like market and xiang towns, and county towns
and small cities become more like large cities. The urbanization
process unfolding is caused not only by a stream of rural to-urban
migrants but also by urbanization in place; that is, entire
districts becoming more urbanized at all levels of the rural-urban
Fog on Mt. Lu2
In the first faint rays of dawn
When I opened a window，
Rolls of fog rushed in
To chill me to the bone.
Where is the Five Old Men Peak3?
And the Ruqin Lake4?
All the scenic spots have disappeared---
The beautiful Flower Pathway,
The mysterious Fairy Cave5,
The magnificent Meilu Villa6 and
The colorful Jinxiu Valley7.
Dimly visible are flowers,
Bushes, trees and plants.
Layers upon layers of green
Are covered with beads of water.
Steep cliffs are all hidden from us, and
Gullies and valleys covered with fog.
Watch your step, and be careful about
The trap set with beauty and peril.
What a Mt. Lu fog!
It comes from and goes nowhere,
And looks mysterious
Like a day dream.
In a visible form without bones,
Mt. Lu fog spreads willfully with the wind.
It appeared and disappeared in an instant, and
We've witnessed its magical transformation,
But can hardly bear a solid evidence of it
To convince other people with.
Mt.Lu fog was beautiful one moment
When it became white clouds,
And it tortured us the next
When it became a terrible rainstorm.
We vividly remember we all lost our way
That year when it appeared
Suddenly and unexpectedly8.
 Mt. Lu is a famous summer resort in Jiangsi Province, a national
park which is situated between the Panyang Lake and the Yangtze River.
 The five peaks in the southeast of the Mt.Lu, which look like five
old men sitting together.
 The lake in the Mt.Lu, which looks like a zither.
 According to Eight Divinities Come through the Sea, a Taoist fairy
tale, once upon a time, Lǚ Dong-bin, one of the eight divinities or
immortal semi-gods, practiced austerities in this cave.
 It refers to the villa where Chiang Kai-shek and his wife Soong Mei-
ling stayed in their vacation.
 It is a beautiful valley, 1.5 kilometers long, where there is a lush
growth of flowers of every season.
 The Eighth Session of the Eighth National Congress of the Communist
Party was held in Mt.Lu, 1959.