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RAVENNA

一月 6, 2020

RAVENNA

All sorts of bands
and flowers and strands
and lines and motifs
lie intertwined
beneath the old church
of Santa Eufemia.
Take a close look,
they are dancing,
the lines and so on.
A big Roman house
with courtyards and tiles
all over the floors.
A dance of the seasons.
They say Summer is missing,
or maybe it’s Spring,
holding Winter’s hand,
like Autumn does
on the other side.
Winter is wrapped in blue,
around the head too.
Crooked lines come out
above the head.
Is it a fool?
They say it’s grass,
maybe reeds.
And there is a shepherd,
the second big mosaic,
also with a pan-flute.
Two storeys above
is the old city.
This city below was the western capital
of the Byzantine empire
among other things.
Then there is Dante,
buried in a mound
overgrown with green leaves
all-year round
in 1944 and 1945,
German hell-hounds were loose.
Maybe one year
his bones were in there,
the shape of the mound
reminded me of an old poetess
in China in Xi’an, formerly Chang’an,
the old capital.
Cai Wenji was her name.
Her mound is much bigger,
and very well kept,
much in contrast to all the graves
of famous male poets.
She was politically very important.
Back in Ravenna
in winter
wrapped against the cold
we move on
to our next monument.

MW December 30, 2019

NEON

Neon reigned in 452.
No, this was the year
they built the mosaics
the wonderful dome
under bishop Neon.
It’s the Orthodox baptistery.
Much more elaborate
than the Arian one
across the old city.
Each apostle is named.
Most have a beard.
Simon looks like a woman.
The Arian dome
has only one throne
and here there are four,
they are all empty too
but there are also four books
in between, the four gospels.
Blessed are those whose iniquities
and sins are remitted,
says one inscription.

MW December 30, 2019

IVORY THRONE

The ivory throne
was for Bishop Maximian,
550 or something.
Joseph and his brothers.
Jesus feeds 5000 people.
The annunciation,
the water test
for Mary’s virginity.
What was that exactly?
Carved panels in different sizes
all around the back and on the sides.
Blank parts in between,
maybe panels are missing.
Ebony covered with ivory.
Somewhere in the museum
with Saint Andrew’s chapel,
wonderful mosaics.
Then in the afternoon
Saint Apollinaire in Classe.
Classe was the harbour
of the Roman fleet
and the main port
until the ninth century.
The church is huge,
and there were more,
there is a museum
in the sugar factory,
closed in 1982.
The sea isn’t far.

MW December 30, 2019

SAN VITALE IN RAVENNA

You know right away
you are in a place of worship.
In this way it’s like the Alhambra.
At least I hope the Alhambra retains it,
haven’t been there for 38 years.
A sense of awe
and exultation,
no matter how many people,
how many tourists.
Very big, very grand, spacious.
Filigree columns, needlework stone.
Very very high, many arches.
Mosaics.
Some of the best ones
in this splendid city.
A sacred place.
Stay.
The whole city is sacred.
Drink,
try to retain
some of this beauty.

MW December 31st, 2019

 

 

 

NPC:GLÜCKSKINDER – 馬非

三月 8, 2019

Ma Fei
GLÜCKSKINDER

Mir ist aufgefallen vor 24 Jahren
in Karamay bei dem Feuer
da hat es drei Glückskinder gegeben,
die waren alle schlimm in den Augen der Lehrer.
Zwei Buben haben nicht auf das Kommando
“hinsetzen” gehört,
sind entwischt und davongekommen.
Und noch ein Mädchen,
die war unvorschriftsmäßig nicht in Schuluniform,
ist heimgeschickt worden
und hat die ganze Katastrophe versäumt.

21.Februar 2019
Übersetzt von MW im März 2019

伊沙主持 | 新世纪诗典8一周联展(2019.3.3——3.9)

 

 

 

MR. BUDDHA – 安小吉

二月 26, 2019

An Xiaoji
MR. BUDDHA

My friend Qiang has found Budda,
Buddha this Buddha that all day long,
hasn’t found a wife yet,
so he says his karma will turn around.
Then his boss fires him,
so that was karma too.
Losing money in business
he says “good!” because good luck must follow.
When his mother kills a chicken
and his father drinks alcohol
in front of him, he tells them they are sinning.
Recently Qiang has got diarrhea,
runs to the toilet from morning till evening.
I tell him go to a doctor, take medicine;
he says no problem, no problem,
this is like monastic practice, too.

Translated by MW in Febr. 2019

SCHNEE AUF KONFUZIUS – 向宗平

二月 24, 2019

Xiang Zongping
SCHNEE AUF DER STATUE VON KONFUZIUS

Auf einmal ein Schneetag,
Flocken tanzen und treiben,
Konfuzius kriegt einen langen Pelzmantel.

Ein Kind kommt aus der Schule und ruft:
Schau her!
Schau her!
Der Weihnachtsmann!

12. Januar 2019 in Chongqing
Übersetzt von MW im Februar 2019

 

RITUAL 二月蓝

二月 21, 2019

Eryue Lan
RITUAL

dusk
a tree
on the line where the sun’s going down
beats an earthen drum

Translated by MW, Febr. 2019

 

 

A CHATEAU IN BORDEAUX – 沈浩波 Shen Haobo

一月 17, 2019

Shen Haobo
A CHATEAU IN BORDEAUX

the owner introduces us
to their merlot
he is a christian
he says this red wine is Jesus’s blood
at this I hear from outside the windows
the vines all around on the hillsides
raising their gnarled hands, chanting together:
no, it’s our blood!

12/18/18
Translated by MW in January 2019

 

Shen Haobo
EIN CHATEAU BEI BORDEAUX

der chef stellt uns vor:
der merlot
der chef ist ein christ
er sagt der wein ist das blut des herrn
da hör ich von draußen
die weinstöcke rufen auf allen hängen
sie heben ausgemergelte hände:
“nein, unser blut!”

18.12.2019
Übersetzt von MW im Jänner 2019

 

 

《新诗典》小档案:

我的成就奖

沈浩波

正好昨天读到大头鸭鸭抨击伊沙和他主持的《新世纪诗典》的檄文,也看到了很多诗人转发此文。我当时就很想写一篇文章,聊聊新世纪诗典,聊聊我所认为和我所看到的新世纪诗典的价值和意义,也聊聊我感受到的很多偏见和积怨的由来,还想聊聊当代诗歌美学的分野。但年底实在太忙,没有时间写。
今天伊沙宣布,将《新世纪诗典》2018年度诗歌大奖——第八届NPC李白诗歌奖成就奖颁发给我。我决定领取此奖,以此作为一个态度,这是我自宣布不再领取任何国内诗歌奖后的唯一一次破例。我愿意为《新世纪诗典》破例。我早已不是一个需要奖项的诗人,但我愿意以此表明我对《新世纪诗典》这八年来筚路蓝缕,开疆辟土的敬意。
再说了,我与《新世纪诗典》关联甚深,这个奖,算是自家的奖。伊沙为了给我找个领奖的台阶,就把这个奖往大里说,说这是“全球华语诗歌奖”,不在我拒绝的国内奖之列,谢谢他的好意。但我更愿意把我领取的这个奖往小里说,自家的奖,家里的事!
至于《新世纪诗典》之于“全球华语诗歌”的意义和在文学史上的影响力,伊沙喜欢立刻自我宣布,在历史之前提前宣布,要不怎么招人恨呢。我比较谦虚低调,我会说,我看到了,也许我看到的不一定对,但至少我自己相信,这就够了。不相信的,走着瞧嘛,别着急,大家都还有点儿时间的嘛。
唯一不大适应的是,我这么年轻,就得“成就奖”,虽然我成就确实很大,比绝大部分所谓著名诗人要大得多,但还是有点儿,哈哈不好意思。

 

 

CHRISTMAS – 王清让 – AUCH EIN FEST

十二月 24, 2018

Wang Qingrang
HE HAS CHRISTMAS TOO

in the night before christmas
out on park street
in a beggar’s bowl
there are several
red apples

Translated by MW in December 2018

 

 

Wang Qingrang
ER HAT AUCH EIN FEST

in der heiligen nacht
auf der huayuan-straße
liegen in einer bettelschale
auf einmal ein paar
rote äpfel

Übersetzt von MW im Dezember 2018

伊沙主持 | 新世纪诗典8一周联展(2018.12.16——12.22)

 

 


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