Mei-mei Berssenbrugge and Simone White employ language as flashes of light and bars of music that carry the data and desire of intimate connection between public and private selves and across the space between the two. Mei-mei Berssenbrugge was born in Beijing and grew up in Massachusetts. She is the author of fifteen books of poetry, most recently A Treatise on Stars and Hello, the Roses, both with New Directions, as well as A Lit Cloud, a collaboration with artist Kiki Smith. She lives in New York City and northern New Mexico. Simone White is the author of Dear Angel of Death, Of Being Dispersed, House Envy of All of the World and the chapbooks Unrest and Dolly (with the paintings of Kim Thomas). She teaches in the English department at the University of Pennsylvania and lives in Brooklyn.