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BRATISLAVA II

七月 19, 2019

BRATISLAVA II

the danube flows
in the evening people sit in the sun
on the southwestern side
in the summer months
there are concerts on the main square
and in the cafés
the views are great from the castle
and from the liberation monument
and cemetery further up
some of the soldiers buried are women
in the summer months
the synagogue is open
as a museum
they have a nice garden
it is a functioning synagogue
all year round
the only one left
they had bigger ones
even after the war
after the holocaust
now this is the only one left
they built a freeway
interstate quality
right through the old city
it’s a functioning freeway
it’s a beautiful city
shabby in places, but proud
somehow still healing
the danube flows

MW July 2019

     

 

 

 

 

 

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ALWAYS ONLY THE CULTURE – What does it mean to be human?

四月 26, 2019

WHAT DOES IT MEAN TO BE HUMAN?

what does it mean to be human?
what does it mean to be alive?
means you’re not dead yet.
means you can ask superfluous questions.
goddammit, every animal knows
what it means to be an animal.
right?
our children are growing up
discovering love
they always had love, but
any animal knows this is different.
they are bewildered by their own bodies.
again, this has gone on for a while,
it just grows more acute,
and again, every animal knows.
goddammit,
what a luxury question.
what does it mean
to be mean?
not the golden mean.
everyone knows what it means to be mean.
he’s in the news
and on the news every day.
to be human
means to have rights.
doesn’t it?
1947, UN-declaration,
two people from China
worked on it.
Animal rights.
Post about dying whales,
you’ll get 1000s of likes,
about people, oh well.
I want to call this poem
stupid question.
Thank you!
Now go forth and profligate,
or whatever.

MW April 3, 2019

ALWAYS ONLY THE CULTURE

always
always only
always only the
always only the culture
always only the culture

always only the cultural
revolution
always only the cultural
revolution
since 1966
always only the cultural
revolution
always only the cultural
revolution

always only the culture
always only the culture
always only the
always only
always

not the famine

but
but still
but still also
the tens of millions
starved to death

but
but still
but still also
but still also

the terror

the totalitarian
terror

“totalitarian” is in dictionaries
and in chinese search engines
china is hardly
mentioned at all
as neighbor of the soviet union
and in art
in the art
of the cultural revolution

always only the culture
always only the culture

hannah arendt
died in 1975
before the end
of the cultural revolution

in the last edition she saw
of her seminal work
origins of totalitarianism
at least in the german edition
she mentioned china
in the cultural revolution

hardly anyone mentioned the famine

always only the culture
always only the culture

but
but still
but still also

the terror
the terror

pinochet
pol pot
kissinger
who downed more
who did more
who bombed more

1979, democracy wall
in beijing

since 1979
capitalism
reigns supreme
the party reigns supreme
through capitalism
or the other way
through kaputalism
or the other way
everything demolished developed
and demolished again
or the other way

of course only in china

but
but still
but still also

always only the culture
always only the culture

always only the
always only
always

always

MW March-April 2019

 

 

IMMER NUR DIE KULTUR

immer
immer nur
immer nur die
immer nur die kultur
immer nur die kultur

immer nur die kultur-
revolution
immer nur die kultur-
revolution
seit 1966
immer nur die kultur-
revolution
immer nur die kultur-
revolution

immer nur die kultur
immer nur die kultur
immer nur die
immer nur
immer

nicht die hungersnot

oder
oder doch
oder doch auch
die zig millionen
hungertoten

oder
oder doch
oder doch auch

der terror

der terror der
totalitären herrschaft

“totalitär” gibt es in wörterbüchern
und in chinesischen suchmaschinen
china wird dabei höchstens
ganz wenig gestreift
als nachbarstaat der sowjetunion
und in der kunst
der bildenden kunst
der kulturrevolution

immer nur die kultur
immer nur die kultur

hannah arendt
ist 1975 gestorben
also vor dem ende
der kulturrevolution

in der letzten auflage ihres hauptwerks
ursprünge und elemente totalitärer herrschaft
erwähnt sie china
in der kulturrevolution

kaum jemand sprach damals von hungersnot

immer nur die kultur
immer nur die kultur

oder
oder doch
oder doch auch

der terror
der terror

pinochet
pol pot
kissinger
wer hat mehr
wer hat mehr
wer hat mehr bombadiert

1979 war die mauer der demokratie
in peking

seit 1979
regiert der kapitalismus
die partei regiert
mithilfe des kapitalismus
und umgekehrt
mithilfe des kaputtalismus
und umgekehrt
es wird kaputt gemacht und neu gebaut
und wieder kaputt gemacht
und umgekehrt

natürlich nur in china

oder
oder doch
oder doch auch

immer nur die kultur
immer nur die kultur

immer nur die
immer nur
immer

immer

MW März 2019

 

 

QUEST – 伊沙 Yi Sha

九月 8, 2018

Yi Sha
QUEST

It was in 1999,
last year of the 20th century.
The poet Ma Lan
with her American husband,
a Yale professor,
came to visit old Chang’an.
At the Small Wild Goose pagoda
in the teahouse Scented Snow Sea
we had a good meeting.
The Yale professor
of Chinese literature
had a point of view
that opened my eyes
and resonated in my heart,
I had been thinking about this for years.
He said, “In the May Fourth era,
those writers who studied in Japan,
why were they so dominant?”

Today, I am finally in Japan
and I carry this question,
roaming the coast and mountains of Honshu.
Let me think,
let me think it over,
I have enough time to think of an answer.
What was it,
what was it here,
that made them
bury themselves in their work,
lay their life on the line,
fight for truth,
plead for the people
and become the backbone of modern China?

July 2018
Tr. MW, Sept. 2018

伊沙主持 | 新世纪诗典8一周联展(2018.8.26——9.1)

 

 

 


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