INTERVIEW WITH A MADMAN: XING MIE 星灭三首

Xing Mie (born 1975)
LYRIC POETRY

dog-fucking corn
dog-fucking football
dog-fucking weather
dog-fucking earthquake
dog-fuck society
dog-fuck bosses
dog-fuck reporters
dog-fucking kids
…………
we Sichuan people
open our traps
cursing at dogs
I have a little dog at home
too small to climb stairs
he’s not amused
one fine spring morning
barks up the day
lyric poetry
“barking in heat, dog-fucking creep!”
hardworking father wanting to sleep
I’m almost ready to add a few words
but what makes us bark?
not our dogs

2013-4-20
Tr. MW, April 2013

INTERVIEW WITH A MADMAN

That time at our paper,
Went to an interview.
Went on like this:
“Who are you?”
“Who are you?”
“Why did you kill him?”
“Why did you kill him?”
“Why are you here?”
“Why are you here?”
Went on forever.
Didn’t know what to do.
Suddenly his idiot laugh
Made me embarrassed.
“Number 13!”
“Present!”
“Take your medicine!”
“Yes!”
Doctor and patient
Curt, loud and clear
Immaculate white
All over the room
When I was leaving
He asked very friendly:
“What is your number?”
This is the question
I have kept asking
Myself for years.

2012-12-14
Tr. MW, April 2013

COCKS

if you don’t sing
you are a cock

skulls in the night gnashing their teeth
make your hair stand up on end

in your pupils, from the shadows
feathers hatching, wings unfurling

birdcalls drift above the city
rage against the gloomy forest

birdheads! crazed and cocky kids
twilight subjects, heaven’s rebels

2012-7-15
Tr. MW, April 2013

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Xing Mie (geb. 1975)

VOGELMENSCHEN

wer nicht singt
hat einen vogel

knirscht ein schädel in der nacht mit den zähnen
stehen dir heimlich die haare zu berge

aus den schatten in den pupillen
schlüpfen federn, werden flügel

vogelrufe treiben am himmel
gegen die trübe ragenden häuser

vogelmenschen! bunte schwänze
dunkle kinder, rebellen am himmel

2012-07-15

Übersetzt von MW, März 2013

Chinese originals

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