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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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DURCHGEMACHT – 庞琼珍

五月 7, 2019

Pang Qiongzhen
DURCHGEMACHT

Hui Lin ist 1942 geboren.
Liang Bo ist 1944 geboren.
Mein ältester Bruder ist 1946 geboren.
Der zweite Bruder ist 1949 geboren.
Der kleinste Bruder ist 1958 geboren.

Mein ältester Bruder ist mit 71 gestorben.
Der zweite Bruder ist mit 59 gestorben.
Der jüngste ist nicht einmal ein Jahr alt geworden.

Ich schmeichle Hui Lin und Liang Bo, sie seien jung.
Liang Bo setzt neckisch seine Schirmkappe auf,
deckt sein weißes Haar zu, ist gleich noch jünger.
“Ich bin vom Affenjahr,
geboren in Chungking im Widerstandskrieg gegen Japan,
wir habens nicht leicht gehabt.
Aber in Taiwan und in Amerika
waren kein Hunger und keine Kampfsitzungen.”

2019-03-28
Übersetzt von MW im Mai 2019

 

 

 

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三月 17, 2019

14

our son wakes up with the light
he’s 14 now
that’s our problem
we need a school
where he learns enough
to get a job
and so on and so on
our son wakes up with the light

MW March 2019

 

 

NOTHING

there is nothing
there is nothing

there is nothing more
there is nothing more

there is nothing more beautiful
there is nothing more beautiful

there is nothing more beautiful than light
there is nothing more beautiful than light

in the morning

MW March 2019

 

KOSICE

Kosice has several synagogues.
They razed the oldest one in 1960.
One is active, across the street
is a café called The Smelly Cat,
live jazz in the evening.

The biggest synagogue
is the concert hall
of the city.
1100 seats.
12,000 people deported in 1944.

There are many churches.
Elisabeth Cathedral
has a mural for Sára Salkaházi, 1899-1944.
She saved about 100 Jews.

2013-2019

 

 

OLOMOUC ART MUSEUM COLLECTION

we look very young,
you look very young
among the statues,
must be main square.
a surrealist flair.
astronomy clock plays with its bells
at noon. shows happy members
of working classes.
very nice college town,
behind the australian hostel
is a square hussite church.

2013-2019

 

 

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

 

 

 

POETRY (晚报!)

二月 25, 2017
Picture by Andreas Luf, inspired by Thelonious Monk's "Underground"

Picture by Andreas Luf, inspired by Thelonious Monk’s “Underground”

REPORT

every report
every detailed incisive report
kind that makes powerful people squirm
is just as important
as any art
any poem
any church, temple
that makes you pause
think
feel
every report

MW February 2017

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POETRY

poetry
is impo
rtant
truth
is impo
tent
or is it
or are you

MW February 2017

HALLOWEEN IN BUDAPEST 卍靈節在布达佩斯

十一月 2, 2016

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HALLOWEEN IN BUDAPEST

Halloween in Budapest
Do you need to call out the ghosts?
Do you need to call out the ghosts?
In Parliament
Brightly lit along the Danube
Do you need to call out the ghosts?
In Vienna
In Budapest
In many cities
Many, many towns
thousands of towns
thousands of thousands
brightly lit along the Danube
Dohany Synagogue
Greatest in Europe
Status Quo Synagogue
By Otto Wagner
On Rumbach Street
Actually many buildings are left
All over Europe
Yes, there are Jews
In Budapest
Yes, there are people
Do we need to call out the ghosts?
Everyone knows
Along the Danube
Behind the Parliament
Greatest in Europe?
It’s very big
Behind the Parliament
Along the Danube
They lined them up
Several places
Along the Danube
Just a few months
Hungarian Fascists
Finally able
1944
Fall ’44
German troops everywhere
Last few months of the war
Until the first month of ’45
Here in this city
Everyone knows
Hungarian Fascists
Established the ghetto
They passed laws against Jews
In Parliament
In 1920
Basically everyone knows
1944
Hundreds of thousands
in a few months
Around 600,000
Killed in Auschwitz
Along the Danube
Behind the Parliament
Several places
Szabadsag ter
On Freedom Square
There’s a new monument
For the victims
It says
German occupation
Doesn’t say that in German
Doesn’t say that in English
Any other language
For the victims
Only these words
Even in Hebrew
Only the victims
Victims of German occupation
Written in Hungarian
Only in Hungarian
Erected in secret
Protests from the beginning
Pebbles, chairs,
a few wires, photos
pebbles with names
and so on
Everyone knows
Over 300 Million
Hungarian money
Erected in secret
Law passed in Parliament
December 31st, 2013
Protests from the beginning
Szabadsag ter
Liberty Square
Halloween in Budapest
Do you need to call out the ghosts?
There are people enough
In Budapest
In many cities
Many, many cities
Towns and cities
All over Europe
Brightly lit along the Danube
Everyone knows
Actually many buildings are left
All over Europe
Halloween in Budapest
Do we need to call out the ghosts?
Everyone knows
Halloween is for kids
We have kids in Vienna
Kids like to dress up
For Halloween
Let them have fun
Nothing wrong
Halloween
My daughter knows
Austrian Fascists
Ghosts are alive
Zombies are real
Wish it was all
Pumpkins for kids
Halloween in Budapest
Greatest town
Along the Danube
Since Roman times
Basically
Everyone knows

MW October 31st, 2016

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