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HEIGHT OF THE WORLD – 江湖海

十月 5, 2019

Jiang Huhai
HEIGHT OF THE WORLD

To look for a person with backbone,
take the bones apart,
then one by one join them together.
The kneecaps cannot bend,
the whole spine cannot be bent,
nor can it be soft.
Not one bone can be bent or soft.
The sole of the foot stands on the ground,
then the bones rise up towards the sky.
When they are joined for the final height,
that is the height of the world.
I haven’t found it yet,
can’t take myself apart after all.

Translated by MW, October 2019

世界的高度
江湖海

寻找一个有骨气的人
把骨头拆了
一根一根接起来
膝骨不能弯
整条脊椎骨不能弯
也不能软
哪一根都不能弯不能软
脚掌骨立在地上
一根一根地往天上接
接完的高度
就是世界的高度
我没找到他
我还不能把自己拆了

 

新世纪诗典作品联展#江湖海#(24.0)

 

 

OCTOBER 1

十月 1, 2019

OCTOBER 1

today is october 1
nothing special in austria
i sit in the sun on our balcony
it’s very warm
seventy years ago
my parents were very young
they didn’t know each other
my mother was born in 1942
my father in 1940
so they were very small school kids
poor families
my mother had it a little better
in the countryside by the railway
as far as i heard
her father was alive
my father’s father didn’t come back
from the war
many many many many
people never came back
many children too
from the camps
from the ruins
but i think by 1949
my parents were both in school
they were relatively lucky
austria was relatively lucky
after the war
october 1 or october 1st
is no special day in austria
we had an election two days ago
so people talk about that
i think about seventy years ago
because of china’s national day
they have another one in taiwan
on october 10
it commemorates the revolution
in 1911 in china, in wuhan
in all of china eventually
no more emperors
but not in taiwan, not on taiwan
taiwan was under japan
no revolution
although people tried, maybe not that year
now taiwan has it’s national day
on october 10
they’ve had it this way since 1949
maybe since 1945
but since 1949 they are the only ones
with that national day
that comes from china in 1911
or maybe not exactly
did they change their national day
in 1949 right away?
maybe not
in beijing they have the greatest parade
since 1949 maybe
yes, many soldiers, tanks
school kids en masse, probably
forming words, numbers, flowers
great fireworks
i have just finished steven king’s new novel
the institute
i remember when someone interviewed ernst jandl
great austrian poet who died in 2000
it was in his apartment in vienna
he was a school teacher
anyway the reporter was rather surprised
jandl told him he had just bought a novel by stephen king
no, nothing more highbrow
in english, i think
jandl taught english and german
he was a pow in england
his unit had succeeded
in surrendering to the british
so they were lucky, those who survived
anyway jandl told the reporter
no, he didn’t need to read
highbrow stuff all the time
he wanted to write democratic poetry
anyway
not too different from erich fried
in this respect
they met in england
fried had fled from the nazis in 1938
out of vienna
he was not much older than jandl
almost the same age
after the war he was mostly in germany
jandl was in vienna
what was i talking about, stephen king
children not coming back
most of the children the book is about
the institute
most don’t come back
almost all of them don’t
over many years
thousands
in several countries
and there is this messianic thing
about this horrible institution
described in the novel
i am sorry guess i should use another word
most children murdered were jewish
in austria and so on
pointed out as jews
and messias is jewish
like everything in the bible of course
the institute is supposed to save the world
at the cost of killing children
and their parents
and this takes place now under trump
although he’s hardly mentioned
and not important
but they have existed since after the war
these institutes
in the novel
no-one ever came back
they saved the world, they said
not the children, of course
there is also another handmaid’s tale
margaret atwood
the testaments
haven’t read it yet
but i bought it
i loved the first one
the handmaid’s tale
it was a long time ago
i read it in english
when did it come out, 30 years ago?
maybe more
now they have the tv series
suddenly these two or three years
everyone talks about it
under trump and so on
although they are not that important
these strongmen
although many people are incarcerated
because of them
in many countries
including children
we are living in dystopian times
end of the world
we are lucky in austria
most of us are, relatively
it’s a very warm day
big demonstrations last friday
climate strike
many children, school children
more children than workers

so whether today
when you read this
is a special day for you
or not

have a good day

 

MW October 1st 2019

 

Photo by Johannes Fiederling

 

 

 

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

 

 

 

20

一月 25, 2019

Photo by Liu Xia

 

20

20 years ago I wrote my first Chinese poem.
It was in Chongqing. “Wanbao, wanbao!”
That’s what they cry, all over China. Every afternoon.
“Evening news, evening news!”
Evening paper, every town has one.
Some have morning papers, those are called Zaobao,
most of them.
“Get your evening paper!”
Anyway, “wanbao, wanbao!”
could mean late retribution. Bào, what comes back, gets back,
a report. Wan, late. Zao, early.

“Wanbao, wanbao!”
Chongqing was the wartime capital.
Jiefang bei, liberation monument, is the city center.
It’s not from 1945 or 1949,
it’s from the 1930s or so.
Most people don’t know exactly.
Emancipation column. One of my students called it that.
Kang Di, think it was her.
Emancipation in German means women’s lib.
“Emanzipationssäule”.
I was teaching German.
Women’s Liberation Monument.
Women’s Rights Monument.
She didn’t know emancipation means many things.
Didn’t want to correct her.
Another essay was about marriage.
Were they really so conservative, our elders,
when they married a stranger,
when they slept with a stranger they had never seen before?
Good question.
Good essays, especially the girls, the young women.

“Wanbao, wanbao!”
In Beijing it sounded more like “wanbo!”, although Beijing supposedly
is where Mandarin comes from.
“Wanbao, wanbao!”
Chongqing is a hilly city. No bicycles. What did they do, back in the 1960s,
1970s, ’80s, when no-one had a car?
They had porters, for the steep slopes with the stairs,
I guess they’re still there.
“Bang-bang”, people for hire.
They bang on their tools, bang their tools together.
Bang-bang are men, but there are women porters.
Hong Ying’s mother carried sand, rocks and gravel.
Daughter of Hunger, her most famous book.
Daughter of the River in English, it was a bestseller.
Hungry Daughter, Ji’e de nü’er.
That’s right, they have a “ü”, just like in German,
and like in Turkish. Ürümqi, city in China,
nowadays governed like North Korea.
Many re-education camps. They had prisons in Chongqing,
Liao Yiwu was in there,
another famous writer from China.
Didn’t know him then. But Chongqing is about war and imprisonment.
Lieshimu, that’s the address
of our university. We taught German and English.
Two universities, one foreign languages,
the other law and police. Law and politics. Yes, they are not separated.

“Wanbao, wanbao!” No zaobao in Chongqing,
although I’m not sure now.
Lie-shi-mu, Martyr’s Grave.
Geleshan, Gele Mountain, right behind our college,
other side of the train tracks.
Someone was murdered there, some gambling debt.
Students died, one or two every few months.
Nice walks on Geleshan, very peaceful, really.
“Wanbao, wanbao!” Every city in China.
Nowadays people have cell phones,
but there are printed newspapers and magazines.
And printed books, there is no crisis.

“Wanbao, wanbao!” Late reports, late reports.
From the guns. Or whatever.
Karma. Shan means good, doing good.
A Buddhist word. Shan you shanbao,
doing good has good returns.
Wouldn’t that be nice?
But teachers believe it, teachers and parents,
again and again, otherwise you go crazy.

They went crazy too, war and famine,
all the way till 1961, ’62. When Hong Ying was born.
No, also 1969,
Cultural Revolution, like civil war.
Shan you shan-bao,
good deeds, good returns.
“Shan you shanbao, e you e-bao.”
E like in Urgh! Like something disgusting, that’s what it means.
Ur yow ur-pow, something like that. But more like b.
Eh yow e-bao. Yes, “e” like ur. “You” like yo-uw.
Shàn you shànbào, è you èbao.
Do good for good returns, do bad stuff for bad returns.
Not that it doesn’t come back, time isn’t ripe.
That’s how it goes on.

You throw the boomerang, boomerang doesn’t come back,
they tell you wait, it’ll come back.
Karma.
And so I wrote a Buddhist newspaper poem.
Bu shì bu bào, shíhou wei dào.
Wei like in Ai Weiwei, “ei” like in Beijing.
Wei means not yet, that’s his name. Really.
“Wei” like the future.
His father was the most famous Communist poet
of the People’s Republic. Imprisoned in the 1930s,
maybe in Chongqing. Then again under Mao.
Exiled to Xinjiang, North Korea today, re-education camps.
Desert, somewhere between Dunhuang and Ürümqi,
what was the town? It’s a big city now.
Ai Weiwei grew up in a hole in the ground, with his brother.
They are both artists. Anyway, where was I?

Bu shì bu bào, shíhou wei dào.
Not that it doesn’t come back, time isn’t ripe.
Emancipation monument.
MLK day, I have a dream.
They had to memorize the whole speech,
in schools in China, 1970s.
Maybe earlier too, maybe till now.
Good deeds, good returns.
Bad deeds, bad returns.
The Chinese Dream.
Not that it doesn’t come back.
Zao you zaobao, wan you wanbao.
Morning has morning papers, evening has evening news.
Early deeds, early returns.
Late deeds, late returns.
Late returns after gambling.
Famous party secretary, famous police chief,
they are in prison now. Or one is dead?
Killed a British guy, now they imprison Canadians.
Anyway, my poem.

Wanbao, wanbao!
Wanbao, wanbao!

Zao you zaobao,
wan you wanbao.

Bushi bu bao, shihou wei dao.

Actually the saying goes on, the Buddhist Karma.
Once time is ripe, everything comes back.
You don’t need to say that. People know.

晚报,晚报!

早有早报,晚有晚报。
不是不报,时候未到!

MW January 2019

 

Artwork by Liu Xia

 

Photos by Liu Xia

 

 

Yi Sha 伊沙 AVANTGARDE, MUST CRY OUT – 2 poems from May 2016

三月 13, 2018

Yi Sha
AVANTGARDE

you don’t know it exists
it’s there

you forget about it
it’s there

you use it
it’s there

you betray it
it’s there

it exists apart
from you

May 2016
Translated by MW, Feb. 2018

 

《先锋》

你不知其有
它在那儿

你忘记其有
它在那儿

你利用它时
它在那儿

你背叛它时
它在那儿

它存在于
你之外

2017/5

 

Yi Sha
MUST CRY OUT

one person
in his 27 years in power
with his own hands
set in motion 55
big and small political campaigns
plunged his country in misery
made his people suffer to death
when I get to know this information
my mouth stands open
I want to cry: “grandpa!”
I want to cry: “grandma!”
I want to cry: “papa!”
I want to cry: “mama!
I want to cry: “uncle! aunt!”
I need to cry out
for all my relatives
all my seniors in my relatives
I want to tell them:
you had it so hard
in your generation
I forgive you everything

May 2016
Tr. MW, Feb. 2018

 

Yi Sha
ICH MUSS EUCH RUFEN

ein mensch
hat in 27 jahren seiner herrschaft
mit eigener hand
55 kleinere und größere
politische kampagnen in gang gesetzt
sein land ins elend gestürzt
sein volk auf den tod zugerichtet
als ich diese nachricht erfahr
bleibt mein mund offen stehen
ich will rufen: “opa!”
will rufen: “oma!”
will rufen: “papa!”
will rufen: “mama!”
will rufen: “onkel! tanten!”
ich muss alle rufen
alle meine verwandten
alle älteren verwandten
ich will ihnen sagen
ihr habt es viel zu schwer,
viel zu schwer gehabt
ich verzeihe euch alles

Mai 2016
Übersetzt von MW im Februar 2016

 

《深情呼唤》

一个人
在他统治的27年间
亲手发动了55场
大大小小的政治运动
将其国家拖进水火
将其人民朝死里整
——当我得知这条信息
嘴巴张得老大
我想叫一声爷爷
我想叫一声奶奶
我想叫一声爸爸
我想叫一声妈妈
我还想叫一声
大伯、姑妈、舅舅
我想深情呼唤
我所有的亲人
亲人中的长辈
我想对他们说:
你们这辈子
活得太不容易了
我原谅了你们的一切

2016/5

MONDFEIERTAG

十月 6, 2017

Photo by Juliane Adler

MONDFEIERTAG

gestern war mondfeiertag,
mondfeiertag war heuer recht spät.
15.8. im mondkalender.
oft ist es ende september,
paar tage vorm nationalfeiertag.
nationalfeiertag in der volksrepublik,
staatsgründungstag 1. oktober,
proklamiert 1949
vom tor des himmlischen friedens.
also nicht in taiwan,
dort haben sie am 10.10.
nationalfeiertag.
mondfest ist nahe bei den paraden.
stillgestanden!
rührt euch!
stillgestanden!
alle augen nach vorn
auf das gold!
das ist ein gedicht von yi sha.
wàng qián kàn,
alle augen nach vorn auf das geld.
das war die parole
seit den 80er jahren.
yi sha schreibt in xi’an.
xi’an hat früher chang’an geheißen,
es war sehr lange hauptstadt,
viel länger als peking.
also sehr viele mondfeiertage.
vielleicht auch paraden?
jedenfalls hauptstadtparaden
vor 1000 jahren
vielleicht vor 1300 jahren
erste millionenstadt auf der erde
vielleicht sogar größer als konstantinopel
aber noch ohne panzer.
also kein platz des himmlischen friedens.
keine demonstrationen von millionen.
yi sha hat in peking studiert,
ende 1989
ist er nach xi’an zurückgekommen.
mondfest hat nichts mit paraden zu tun.
mondfest ist für die familie.
man steigt auf eine höhe,
bringt essen und trinken,
alle sehen den mond.
man denkt auch an die, die nicht dabei sind
die dazugehören
und vielleicht den mond sehen können.
mondfest ist überall
in vietnam und in japan
in korea, norden und süden,
in malaysia, auf den ryukyu-inseln,
auch auf hawaii.
ich glaub eher nicht bei den tibetern,
aber doch bei mongolen
obwohl die mondkuchen
oder das allgemeine verschenken
von diesen kuchen mit zetteln drinnen
angeblich gegen mongolen gewirkt hat.
mondkuchen gibts in vietnam und korea,
auf okinawa und den ryukyu-inseln.
in japan sonst gibt es sowas wie knödel.
wir haben zwetschgenknödel gegessen.
zwetschgenknödel aus topfenteig
von meiner mutter.
also ohne mondkuchen
aber mit großeltern und zwetschgenknödeln.
wir haben auch an andere gedacht,
die anderen großeltern
die vielen freunde
alle denen mondfest vielleicht etwas sagt.
alles gute an alle!
auch an nitram retniw!
meine tochter glaubt das muss eine frau sein
sehr verdächtig
vielleicht eine verhüllte
das ist in österreich jetzt verboten
der mond hat sich gestern nicht dran gehalten
bitte lest nitram retniw von hinten
er wünscht euch alles gute!

MW 5. Oktober 2017

NATIONAL DAY – 伊沙 Yi Sha

九月 30, 2017

Yi Sha
NATIONAL DAY

In all these years
there is one national day
I can‘t seem to forget.
Three years ago
I was in Vermont.
Only once you have passed
your National Day abroad,
only then you know:
You are thinking of your own country,
not just your family.
You are missing its reeking
insecure
sense of security.

Sept. 30, 2017
Translated by MW, Sept. 30, 2017

 

《国庆节》

多年以来
最难忘的国庆节
还是三年前
我在美国佛蒙特
只有在异国他乡
度一次国庆
你才会晓得
你在想念祖国
而不仅仅是想家
想念它臭哄哄的
安全感
不安全的安全感

2017

OHNE TITEL – 無題:伊沙 Yi Sha

九月 24, 2017

Yi Sha
OHNE TITEL

ein gedicht von martin
das ich übersetzt hab
SEPTEMBER MORNING
hat die All-Seasons-Hotelkette gekauft
jeder gast bekommt eins
bei mir gegenüber
haben sie auch so ein hotel
soll ich vielleicht
dort übernachten
um das gedicht abzuholen
oder gleich wieder auschecken
nachdem ich das gedicht hab
oder noch einfacher
sagen ich will ein zimmer besichtigen
und das gedicht mitgehen lassen

22.September 2017
Übersetzt von Martin Winter, September 2017

 

《无题》

伊沙

 

我翻译的
维马丁的诗
《九月的早晨》
被全季酒店收购了
送给入住的客人
我家对面
就开了一家
我是不是
也去住上一晚
只为领诗
或者干脆
领了诗就退房
或者更干脆
假装看房
偷了诗就跑

 

Yi Sha
GARBEN

“jeden tag euch bedienen
irgenwann hat euer diener genug!”
arger streit mit fahrgast
busfahrer schießt den ganzen wagen
zurück in die zeit vor der befreiung

September 2017
Übersetzt von MW im September 2017

 

《点射》

"天天伺候你们
老子已经伺候够了!"
与乘客恶吵
巴士司机爆出一语
把一车人喷回解放前

 

Yi Sha
OHNE TITEL

in einer doku hab ich gesehen
george w. bush hatte vier ghostwriter
der von der rede nach 9/11
war ein dicker mann über dreissig
großer fan von hemingway
wollte immer so klingen
er sitzt im café beim weißen haus
im halbstock allein an einem tisch
hat in vier stunden
die herrliche rede fertig geschrieben
16 jahre später
die rede von trump vor der uno
die war auch so herrlich
wessen feder war das
und wen verehrt er oder sie

September 2017
Übersetzt von MW im September 2017

 

《无题》

伊沙

 

在一部纪录片中看到
小布什手下有四支笔杆子
为他起草9.11讲话的那一支
是个三十来岁的胖子
海明威的铁粉
写作方式都要学偶像
于是他在白宫外的咖啡馆
一楼半的独座上
花四小时完成了
美文一般的9.11讲话稿
十六年过去了
特朗普在联合国的发言
又是一篇美文
出自谁的手笔
又是哪位大师的铁粉

 

Yi Sha
GARBEN

manche leute züchten
ganz kleine tiere
manche länder auch

September 2017
Übersetzt von MW im Sept. 2017

 

Yi Sha
GARBEN

warum sind die freunde unseres landes
so voller scheiße

September 2017
Übersetzt von MW im Sept. 2017

 

《点射》
伊沙

有人喜欢养
畸形小动物
有的国也是

2017/9

 

《点射》

为何我国的朋友
全都是一屁股屎

2017/9


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