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一月 15, 2018

One hundred thousand hits in 8 years
in several blogs
is not all that much,
but it’s all poetry.
Yes, there are books
and poems and stuff
in papers and magazines.
New York Review of Books,
But nobody knows me
without Chinese poetry
and poetry from Taiwan.
I like it this way,
although over nine years now
I’ve been writing in Europe.
I come from Vienna,
I write about Austria
which also means history
all over Europe and other places.
But I’m a translator,
all kinds of stuff from Chinese,
not just poetry.
And I’ve been a stay-at-home father.
Thank you!
MW January 2018
Erzählt, gar nicht gest-sto-sto-to-tert



120. straßen und blumen und frauen

九月 22, 2017

chausseen und blumen

blumen und frauen

chausseen und frauen

chausseen und blumen und frauen und
ein verehrer

avenues and flowers

flowers and women

avenues and women

avenues and flowers and women and
an admirer

Lyrikzeitung & Poetry News

Seit dem Wintersemester 2011/12 werden alle Studierenden der Alice Salomon Hochschule Berlin (ASH) auf Spanisch begrüßt, denn der Preisträger des Alice Salomon Poetik Preises 2011, Eugen Gomringer, stellte sein Gedicht „avenidas“ für die Gestaltung der südlichen Außenwand der Hellersdorfer Hochschule bereit. Als Begründer der Konkreten Poesie und zugleich einer ihrer prominentesten Vertreter zählt Eugen Gomringer zu den bedeutendsten Autoren der deutschen Gegenwartsliteratur. „Wir freuen uns sehr über diese bleibende Erinnerung an unseren Poetikpreisträger Eugen Gomringer und sind uns sicher, dass die Strahlkraft des Kunstwerkes weit über unsere Hochschule und den Bezirk Hellersdorf hinausgeht“, so Prof. Dr. Theda Borde, Rektorin der ASH Berlin. Mit einer Fläche von 15 Metern Höhe mal 14 Metern Breite zählt das Kunstwerk zu den größten Gedichten an öffentlicher Wand.

In Anlehnung an die Konkrete Kunst prägte Eugen Gomringer in den 50er Jahren den Begriff Konkrete Poesie – eine Dichtkunst, die das „Sprachmaterial“ in den Vordergrund stellt…

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十月 23, 2016
Photo by Ronnie Niedermeyer,

Photo by Ronnie Niedermeyer,


wish I could write a noble poem
a prized noble poem
a swedish prized noble poem
a norwegian prized noble poem
pricey and noble
like norwegian beer
everything becomes pricey and noble
unless global warming
comes fast enough

MW October 2016


last week the brazilian author ricardo domeneck wrote a noble commentary on Facebook that actually sounds a little dylanesque, partly. masters of war, yes. dynamite. 伊沙 has a great little nobel dynamite poem. from 1992. 今年的文学諾貝爾得主有一首 Masters of War,我有一首 “X&Y”, 伊沙翻譯成《一搭一挡》。講尼克松和他的外交部长、大陸前领導和他的首相等等。墙上還有“毛”字,因為伊沙1991年一首小詩。 we had a reading here in vienna on Oct. 15 in our new housing close to the new central train station. we have a library downstairs. run by people from our house, we are there often. open to other houses, gudrun and peter built a stage, and we have theatre. and we had a bob dylan night a few months ago. masters of war is a little like my poem X&Y. x was cruel/ butt is sore/ y was able/ and suave./ both loved culture/ both destroyed/ hundred million/ butts are cold. written march 2007 in beijing. yes, nixon and kissinger, mao and zhou, maybe there is a pair like that in brazil? only six or seven swedes in over 100 years of a great swedish prize for literature is actually not very much, is it? wonder if ricardo brazil/domeneck/africa ever read tomas tranströmer. oh well. pity this busy monster manunkind/ not. progress is a comfortable disease:/ your victim (death and live safely beyond) plays with the bigness of its littleness …[…] pity poor flesh and trees, poor stars and stones, but never this fine specimen …. listen: there’s a hell/ of a good universe next door. let’s go. there must be some way out of here, said the joker to the thief …

yes, the music of jimi hendrix. dylan is honored as tip of the iceberg, should be chuck berry and many others at the same time. preferably african brazilian women. yes, manunkind maybe doesn’t always deserve something poor ricardo doesn’t always get, maybe. pity. oh yes.


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十月 1, 2016


照片上維也納,昨晚和今天上午。还有上个周末去的在多瑙河岛上的中国表演。看到多瑙河,还有火车总站附近我家旁边新公园、工地。这几天天气很暖和。早上 凉,中午和下午像夏天。九月份下雨很少。听说从莫扎特以后最热的九月份。这里除了周末之外十月初不放假。十一、十十等等节日几乎没人听说过。奥地利国庆十 月二十六日。1955年宣布中立为国庆日,奥地利能够相当富裕、自由、民主,没有像德国被分割,没有美国和苏联的军队等等就是1955年中立条约的成果。 可惜现在那時候建立的一切被威胁。被所谓自由党威胁。去年十月初維也納市选举那所谓自由的新纳粹党被打败了,虽然还拿到三分之一的选票。社会民主党得了百 分之四十左右,很明显的胜利。因为那时候他们非常明显地反對极右思想,很明显的跟公民社会一块照顾难民,就是很明显地給人家希望,虽然有腐败,虽然有不少 人愤怒,不少人失业,经济情况不一定乐观,而且全球化越来越不公平等等现象。去年胜利很明显,虽然还是很悬。而今年一年四次选總統,十二月初最后一次。极 右候选人还是很厉害。奥地利还是被威胁。



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九月 6, 2016

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Martin Winter & Juliane Adler lesen aus: Der Mond muss perfekt sein/ Yi Sha: Die Überquerung des gelben Flusses


Martin Winter, born 1966. Poet, translator. Studied in Vienna, Taipei etc. Worked in China etc. Writes in English, Chinese, German

Martin Winter, Dichter und Übersetzer. Studierte Germanistik und Sinologie, verbrachte 15 Jahre in China und Taiwan. Schreibt Gedichte auf Deutsch, Englisch, Chinesisch.

Mit einer Grafik der chinesischen Künstlerin Wang Qi 王琦画

Format: 14 x 20,4 cm
Seiten: 332
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Murong Xuecun, Yu Hua, Liu Zhenyun, Bob Dylan and Rivers of Bablyon

八月 5, 2012

I don’t think Murong Xuecun exaggerates, like one commentator suggested on the MCLC list. Yes, you could encompass many alarming, saddening, embarrassing stories in one speech in other places than China, and people do it all the time, naming names, practices, products. The difference is that in China you will be silenced more swiftly and harshly. Yes, there are exceptions.

Does Mo Yan revel in cruelty like Dan Brown? Does Yu Hua make better use of the cruel parts in his novels? Ok, I’m an interested party, I can’t really say. Would be interesting to analyze in detail. Mo Yan’s novels are great works, at least those I have read, he has written a lot. Deep, cathartic, even accusing use of cruel events and structures. I love Yu Hua’s tone. And I associate Liu Zhenyun in Remember 1942, and Murong Xuecun’s Sky and Autumn speech.

We had Jeremiah in church today, along with that story where a guy goes abroad and gives his gold and silver to his servants. The ones that receive more trade with it, and when their lord comes back, they can give him double. The one who received very little buries it, and when the lord comes back, he digs it out and says, I know you are a harsh governor and reap where you haven’t sown, so I was afraid to lose what you gave me, and kept it double safe. His colleagues get to join the big party, and are rewarded with great posts. He is cast out into the darkness, which is filled with howling and chattering teeth. It’s a horrible story. Yes, it’s a parable, and if you have very little reason for faith, you should still risk it and try to make more, because if you bury it deep in your heart you might lose the little trust you had and received and be cast out into the darkness. But if you are the one who has reason to be afraid, how can you trust your lords? The ones who have more and get more have it easy. Even if they lose everything, they are often rewarded – those powerful managers and functionaries. And if there are enough of those who are cast out, and they get organized, maybe some bishops or other lords might dangle from lamp posts. A Hussite reading, said my wife. Yeah, maybe. No shortage of horrible stories in Chinese literature, like in the Bible.

Jeremiah is even worse, it’s a much bigger story, infinitely more horrible. And there is a detail, not in the Jeremiah parts used in church today, but in the songs in exile. By the rivers of Babylon, where we sat down, where we wept when we remembered Zion. And in the end the singer wishes, or the singers wish they will one day brutally kill the children of the oppressors. That’s the detail in Murong Xuecun’s speech I was thinking about.

The calling of Jeremiah, where he says he’s too young, and God says he has to go and obey, and open his mouth, and God will put His words into his mouth, and he will be set above nations and kingdoms, so he can pluck out and demolish, ruin and destroy, as well as plant and build. The preacher said she thought of parting and setting off to other posts, and how the Marschallin in Hugo von Hofmannsthal’s and Richard Strauss’ Rosenkavalier sings of what she will have to give up. What a horrible comparison! There is nothing light in Jeremiah. There are no waltzes. Ok, Rivers of Babylon, yes. But with Jeremiah, if you have to mention Austrian writers, Franz Werfel would be much more apt. Werfel was Jewish and used Jeremiah, a lot. Ok, she did mention, much too briefly how nobody would heed Jeremiah, and that it’s actually the most terrible story.

Anyway, when I heard Jeremiah, I thought of Bob Dylan. Masters of War. “How much do I know, to talk out of turn? You might say that I’m young; you might say I’m unlearned. But there is one thing I know, though I’m younger than you, it’s that Jesus would never forgive what you do. […] And I’ll watch while you’re lowered onto your deathbed, and I’ll stand on your grave and make sure that you’re dead.” I don’t know if Dylan thought of Nixon and Kissinger explicitly, when he wrote this song. America’s Vietnam War was raging, and I think the song came out when Nixon and Kissinger where in power. Anyway, there is that Monty Python song about Kissinger. Very explicit. Dylan and Monty Python would not be able to sing these songs in China on stage today, to say nothing about what Chinese artists can do. No, Murong Xuecun doesn’t exaggerate.

x and y

x was cruel

butt is sore

y was able

and suave.

both loved culture

both destroyed

hundred million

butts are cold

MW         March 2007

Yes, I thought of Mao and Nixon, and their sidekicks. But x and y could stand for many people, and could be mentioned anywhere, at least today. Almost anywhere, probably. Anyway, it’s about smoking, you know. Littering. OK, enough for today.

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