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YI SHA 伊沙:梦 (45、47) DREAMS #45, 47

八月 26, 2016

Yi Sha doest

Yi Sha
DREAM #45

I pick up my son
we walk home from school
all the way talking about
a little bear
maybe it’s that boy upstairs
Little Bear is his name
now we are already
at our home
I take out my key
to unlock the metal door
it’s pitch black inside
but there is a sound!
my son shouts:
“Who are you? Man or bear?”
he shouts so loud,
that little noise
gets louder too!
I push my son
away from the door
I rush in like an arrow
leap into the kitchen
stretch out both arms
grab two vegetable knives
from the rack by the sink
they gleam in the dark
I am very glad
I had them sharpened
two days ago

2012
Tr. MW, 2016

 

Yi Sha
TRAUM 45

ich hol meinen sohn ab
wir gehn heim von der schule
reden die ganze zeit
von einem bären
vielleicht ist es der bub
der über uns wohnt
sein name ist kleiner bär
auf einmal sind wir
an unserer tür
ich nehm den schlüssel
sperr die metalltür auf
drinnen ist es pechschwarz
und es kommt ein geräusch!
mein sohn ruft laut:
“wer ist da? mensch oder bär?”
das leise geräusch
wird jetzt viel lauter
ich schieb mein kind
raus aus der tür
stürm selbst pfeilgeschwind
in die küche
streck beide hände aus
find im regal neben der spüle
zwei gemüsemesser
die glänzen im finstern
ich bin noch sehr froh
sie sind frisch geschliffen

2012
Übersetzt von MW im Juli 2016

 

梦(45) 

伊沙

 

接儿子
放学回家
回家路上
我们一直在谈论
一头小熊
抑或是我家楼上
住的那个名叫
小熊的男孩
不知不觉间
来到家门口
我掏出钥匙
将铁门打开
里面一片漆黑
竟有一丝响动
儿子大喝一声:
“谁?是人是熊?”
他这一喊
那点响动
更加大了
我一把将他
推出门外
自己则一个箭步
跃进厨房
双手同时
向前一伸
便从水池边的刀架上
操起了两把菜刀
在黑暗中明晃晃的
我心中还在暗自庆幸
幸亏前两天刚刚磨过

2012

 

Yi Sha
DREAM #47

From the end of a long corridor
in a Chinese courtyard
two gentlemen walking up slowly.
The older one with the grimy beard,
he is my idol from when I was young.
The younger one with the smooth chin
is my favorite active soccer player.
Maradonna and Messi
have arrived in fornt of me,
so I tell them:
“You have to win!
You must come out on top!
You must hold the World Cup!
If you guys are eliminated
our whole goddamn TV
will never stop playing
‘Don’t cry for me, Argentina’,
like it was your Memorial Day!”
Two soccer kings
look speechless at me.
Who is this impertinent Chinese fan?

2012
Tr. MW, 2016

 

Yi Sha
TRAUM 47

in einem alten chinesischen hof:
aus einem ganz langen korridor
kommen mir langsam zwei herren entgegen
der alte herr mit dem speckigen bart
ist mein idol aus meiner jugend.
der junge herr mit glattem kinn
ist für mich der beste aktive fussballer.
maradonna und messi
sind vor mir angekommen.
ich sag den beiden herren
“ihr müsst unbedingt gewinnen!
ihr müsst weltmeister werden
und den pokal hochhalten!
denn wenn ihr ausscheidet
spielen sie bei uns im ganzen fernsehen
den ganzen tag ‘don’t cry for me, argentina’,
als wär es der trauertag eurer nation!”
die beiden fußballkönige
schauen mich ratlos an
was will dieser aufdringliche
chinesische fan?

2012
Übersetzt von MW im Juli 2016

 

梦(47)

伊沙

 

在一处中式庭院
长长的甬道尽头
缓缓走来两位爷
胡子拉渣的大爷
是我青春年少时的偶像
下巴光滑的小爷
是我最喜爱的现役球员
马拉多纳和梅西
来到近前时
我对二位道:
“你们一定要赢
力争赢到底
举起世界杯
如果你们出局了
俺们这旮瘩的电视电台
就会没完没了地播放那首歌
《阿根廷,不要为我哭泣》
整得跟贵国的国殇日似的”
新老两位球王
一脸茫然望着我
这个自作多情多管闲事的的中国球迷

2012

 

Yi Sha 伊沙 (Xi’an) and Xu Jiang 徐江 (Tianjin): Independent avantgarde poetry since 2000 and notions of dream in collective and individual ventures of texts, performances and publications

 

Yi Sha: DREAMS
(#1-50, from 2011-2012) 

 

TRANSLATING YI SHA (2014)

Yi Sha Zigarette

Xu Jiang 640

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4 POEMS – 鬼石

十月 6, 2015

Gui Shi 1

Gui Shi
SMOKING

I smoke a cigarette
under a street light
and the cigarette
is smoking me.
We are two smokers
don’t need any language
we are connected
just in this way.
Smoking each other
smoke curling up
in strands and spirals
glistering, swaying
sparkling grey whips.
I am smiling
standing
at the same time
I connect
with the next cigarette
fish out my lighter
and
have a cold
shudder.

12/19/11
Tr. MW, Oct. 2015

Gui Shi 2

Gui Shi
LONELY BEER BOTTLES

every hot night watching the Europe cup
I need a few beers in the fridge
let them get chilled
later when the time is ripe
I take them out
and open their caps.
They heave a sigh like they do every time.
Then I watch the game
and finish the beer all the way.
At intermission
I go to the bathroom.
At this time, there are only
these few empty bottles
left standing.
Through the glass
they watch commercials.

6/22/12
Tr. MW, Oct. 2015

Gui Shi 3

Gui Shi
IN THE MIRROR

ax watching
his face
skinny, dried up
all his life
waiting to chop
people who part their hair in the middle

5/26/13
Tr. MW, Oct. 2015

Gui Shi 4

Gui Shi
RIDER’S INN

he sees in his dream
a few merry thieves
jumping out of himself
and some hired thugs
they each have a smoke
they buy some provisions and pickled vegetables
they make it back into his body
before he wakes up

1/13/15
Tr. MW, Oct. 2015

Gui Shi cn-en

Dec. 30, 2011

十二月 31, 2011

Dec. 30, 2011

it is the last day of the year
the 30th, almost the last.
a year of freedom full of fear.
a year of 99%,
of arab spring and ai weiwei.
financial worries every day
a hope for fundamental change
in pockets, maybe for a while
a fear of fundamental change.
a fitful and decisive year
with days of truth and days of deaths.
dictators dead, and protesters
are dead or maimed or put away-
almost like 1989
in egypt and tunesia
in libya and in bahrain
in yemen and in syria.

a year of death, a year of pain.
a giant earthquake in japan
a tsunami, and power plants
not quite like 1986
but lots of damage, lots of fear.

in china, there is no big change
and many towns remain in debt.
a high-speed train derails and kills
the silence and the confidence
at least in pockets for a while.
a village full of protesters
in wukan, and the end is good,
or so it seems.
and dissidents remain in jail
and north korea stays the same,
a huge display of pomp and tears.

we went to trebic and to prague
to znojmo, jaromerice
to jihlava, to synagogues.
and vaclav havel passed away.
i saw the light, the evening light
in brno, almost like today.

the wind is cold, i see the moon
at four o’clock. with rosy clouds.
the lights are on. the light remains,
the darkness falls.
the children play.
they sing and pray against assad.
with flags of freedom, chants of hope
in exile, singing loud and clear.
a group of thirty, not a threat.
vienna almost stays the same.

let us drink to days of freedom
let us think of rays of change
let us hope and work and play.

MW December 2011

Photo by Lonnie Hodge

Christmas crackdown

十二月 29, 2011

“中國總是在耶誕節期間對異議份子大開殺戒,因為這段期間西方人都去過節放假,比較無暇看到中國的手段。”

Picture by Yang Jinsong

“Christmas means different things around the world, but in China one of the things it’s come to stand for is crackdown. In recent years Chinese courts have chosen the holiday season as the time to hand down the harshest sentences to political dissenters, possibly in the belief that their rulings will receive the least attention abroad. On Dec. 26 a court in the southwestern city of Guiyang sentenced longtime dissident Chen Xi to 10 years in prison for “inciting subversion of state power,” Reuters reported.

Moon again

十二月 10, 2011

song

the song the tree the moon the night

the streets the cars the moon is bright

the air is right one star is there

I hope we sleep all through the night

MW December 2011

all among the loony people… today is the day the nobel peace prize gets awarded. this year it goes to three women in different places and positions in africa. maybe a little less pointless and pathetic than the prize-great big vain hope obama manunkind not. last year the prize went to loony old liu xiaobo. not very peaceful guy, doesn’t give the chinese government any peace with his charta 08. rather removed from most people in china for 11 years, locked away in the northeast. but instead they have ai weiwei. and we have liao yiwu. great loony poetry. thrown out of china. so it stays hole.

vielleicht

vielleicht has(s)t du noch einen tag

vielleicht hast du noch eine nacht

vielleicht liebst du noch eine nacht

vielleicht liebt dich jemand

auch nachher noch weiter

du spuerst es und du spuerst es nicht

MW Dezember 2011


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