Archive for the ‘Warring States’ Category

HONG KONG

八月 7, 2019

 

HONG KONG

hong kong has to do with beijing
has to do with xinjiang has to do with fear of muslims
has to to with myanmar sri lanka christchurch
and killing latinos everyone who stands in the way
in texas. repression has to do with repression of the fear
that the system doesn’t deliver capitalism with
or without one-party-dictatorship doesn’t deliver
and mao didn’t ever. so we have to repress something
that broke out in 2008 or 1989 but had been brewing
for a long time before. obama was kind of a fix
for some kind of hope but not enough
to work without him. so strike down hard
abolish respect for anyone not han-chinese in xinjiang
any immigrant anyone abolish term limits
abolish any respect except for the president the military
making money with the right connections
the heartland, I guess
as perceived in global times fox news.
if you’re not from hong kong,
do you have any respect for hong kong?
depends, doesn’t it.
I like hk, taiwan, china, xinjiang how it was in 2000
pakistan how it was in 2000
many many places in europe and asia
and yes in america.
I really like peace and openness
however fraught
places where you don’t feel scared.
Guess everyone does.
Amen.

MW August 2019

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FALSCHE LIEBE – 宋静宇

六月 5, 2019

Song Jingyu
FALSCHE LIEBE

Homosexuelle Liebe. Bisexuelle Liebe. Bisexuelle. Transsexuelle.
Eklig, unzüchtig, lässt dich erbrechen
Geht sterben!
Lasst sie sterben gehen!
Ihre
Köpfe auf die Stadtmauer pflanzen
Körper verbrennen am Scheiterhaufen

Richter und Henker tuns unter Tränen
Das waren früher ihre Geliebten

Übersetzt von MW im Juni 2019

 

 

WINTER CLOTHING DAY – 何婴

五月 11, 2019

He Ying
WINTER CLOTHING DAY

moon calendar, tenth month and first day, midnight
at the crossroads, still a few heaps of burnt paper
swaying in the cold wind
a beggar comes and kneels down, both knees on the ground,
makes a bow
to the rest of a fire
to light a cigarette

Translated by MW, May 2019

 

 

 

ALWAYS ONLY THE CULTURE – What does it mean to be human?

四月 26, 2019

WHAT DOES IT MEAN TO BE HUMAN?

what does it mean to be human?
what does it mean to be alive?
means you’re not dead yet.
means you can ask superfluous questions.
goddammit, every animal knows
what it means to be an animal.
right?
our children are growing up
discovering love
they always had love, but
any animal knows this is different.
they are bewildered by their own bodies.
again, this has gone on for a while,
it just grows more acute,
and again, every animal knows.
goddammit,
what a luxury question.
what does it mean
to be mean?
not the golden mean.
everyone knows what it means to be mean.
he’s in the news
and on the news every day.
to be human
means to have rights.
doesn’t it?
1947, UN-declaration,
two people from China
worked on it.
Animal rights.
Post about dying whales,
you’ll get 1000s of likes,
about people, oh well.
I want to call this poem
stupid question.
Thank you!
Now go forth and profligate,
or whatever.

MW April 3, 2019

ALWAYS ONLY THE CULTURE

always
always only
always only the
always only the culture
always only the culture

always only the cultural
revolution
always only the cultural
revolution
since 1966
always only the cultural
revolution
always only the cultural
revolution

always only the culture
always only the culture
always only the
always only
always

not the famine

but
but still
but still also
the tens of millions
starved to death

but
but still
but still also
but still also

the terror

the totalitarian
terror

“totalitarian” is in dictionaries
and in chinese search engines
china is hardly
mentioned at all
as neighbor of the soviet union
and in art
in the art
of the cultural revolution

always only the culture
always only the culture

hannah arendt
died in 1975
before the end
of the cultural revolution

in the last edition she saw
of her seminal work
origins of totalitarianism
at least in the german edition
she mentioned china
in the cultural revolution

hardly anyone mentioned the famine

always only the culture
always only the culture

but
but still
but still also

the terror
the terror

pinochet
pol pot
kissinger
who downed more
who did more
who bombed more

1979, democracy wall
in beijing

since 1979
capitalism
reigns supreme
the party reigns supreme
through capitalism
or the other way
through kaputalism
or the other way
everything demolished developed
and demolished again
or the other way

of course only in china

but
but still
but still also

always only the culture
always only the culture

always only the
always only
always

always

MW March-April 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

 

 

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

 


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