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GRASS-MUD-HORSE – 小琼 [#张六毛]

十一月 6, 2015

Zhang Liumao poem

Xiaoqiong
GRASS-MUD-HORSE

They say, cursing isn’t right;
if you curse other people you have no breeding, no education.
I am fearful,
have to be very careful
to be a tasteful woman
in front of their eyes.

But today I decide
to break this commandment.
Today
I have to shout dirty words.

Zhang Liumao, born in Canton
on June 20, 1972,
detained on August 15, 2015
for “inciting trouble with words”.
On November 4 at three in the morning,
his family received a notice
from Canton #3 Detention Center,
to collect the ashes of Zhang Liumao.

When I heard this
I was taking a stroll
in a beautiful village.
It looked like a painting.
And I went spitting into the daisies:
Fuck you, fuck you ten thousand times!
Fuck your goddamn mother!
Then
I cleared my throat
and walked forth with great strides.

11/4/15
Tr. MW, Nov. 5, 2015

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Zhang Liumao Detention notice

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PAPIER VERBRANNT – 沈浩波

七月 24, 2015

Stralsund Tor

Shen Haobo 《差点入狱的那一年之有事烧纸》
IN DEM JAHR ALS ICH FAST IM GEFÄNGNIS WAR HAB ICH PAPIER VERBRANNT

wenn ich es erzähle wirst du mich auslachen
aber auf dieser geheiligten erde
sag am besten nicht
dass du nie und nimmer
so etwas machen wirst

ich ging zum schluss zu einem großen wahrsager
er hat seinen stand beim lamatempel
drei geheiligte kupfermünzen
hält er in seiner hand
sie entscheiden über mein schicksal

“in den trigrammen steht es ganz klar,
für dich gibt es unglück, gefängnis
wenn nicht ein jahr
dann gleich zehn jahre.
einen hat es schon vorher erwischt,
stimmt es nicht?”

— es stimmt verdammt zu genau

“du bist geboren zur mitternachsstunde
im monat der dieser zeit zugehört
wir haben ein hasenjahr
da gibt es einen konflikt
und deine beiden mitternachtszeiten
das macht es noch schlimmer
du hast durch die jahre
behörden geärgert
jemand im amt will dich zurichten
oder stimmt es nicht?”

— es stimmt verdammt zu genau
meister, gibt es noch ein mittel?

der meister brummt vor sich hin
ist es das?

meister, wieviel geld?
ist es das?
… …

so hab ich drei tage
mit meiner frau
um mitternacht
draußen geistergeld verbrannt

108 weisse seiten
aufgetürmt als silberbarren
an der ersten kreuzung südostwärts
von unserer wohnung
in richtung nordwesten verbrannt

433 weisse seiten
aufgetürmt als silberbarren
an der ersten kreuzung nordwestwärts
von unserer wohnung
in richtung südosten verbrannt

im november im kalten wind
wir sind dick eingewickelt
wie ein zottelbärpaar
hocken wir an der kreuzung, verbrennen papier
murmeln heiligen zauber
… …

du sagst am besten nicht
dass du nie und nimmer so etwas tust
die klinge fürs heu
sitzt an deiner kehle
die schüssel fürs blut macht ihren mund auf
der abschied ist nahe
es gibt noch zeit fürs zappeln

irgendwas musst du tun
dir etwas vormachen
dass du noch kämpfst

Frühling 2014
Übers. v. MW, 2015

 

沈浩波
差点入狱的那一年之有事烧纸

说出来你会笑我
但在这片神奇的土地上
最好别告诉我说
你永远都不会去干
这等鸟事

我终于去拜见一位算命的大师
他就在雍和宫摆摊
三枚神奇的铜钱
握在他掌心
决定我的命运

“卦象非常明显
你有牢狱之灾
不是1年
就是10年
前面已经进去一个了
准不准?”

——太他妈准了

“你是子月子时生人
今年是卯兔之年
子卯相冲
你有两个“子”
冲得厉害
你流年犯官
当官的要整你
准不准?”

——太他妈准了
大师,可有解救之策?

大师沉吟片刻
这个嘛?

大师,多少钱?
这个嘛?
……

于是连续3天
我带着老婆
在夜晚子时
出门烧纸

108张白纸
叠成元宝
在我家东南第一个十字路口
面向西北烧

433张白纸
叠成元宝
在我家西北第一个十字路口
面向东南烧

11月寒冷的秋风中
两个裹得严严实实
狗熊般的男女
在路口蹲着烧纸
嘴里念念有词
……

不要对我说
这种鸟事你永远都不会干
铡刀就在头顶
血盆大口已经张开
生死离别之前
还有些许蹦跶的时间

总得干点儿什么
假装自己
还在挣扎

2015/3

LIU XIA

一月 11, 2014

Link to video: Nobel peace prize winner Liu Xiaobo’s wife reads poem from house arrest – videoLiu Xia Article

法蘭克福匯報FAZ劉霞文

Urumqi and Kashgar

八月 4, 2009

Ana Escobedo, founder of the Facebook Cause Save Kashgar, has written a blog article for Saving Antiquities. It can be found at http://safecorner.savingantiquities.org/2009/08/saving-kashgar.html. I like Ana’s article very much, and I have great respect for her dedication. As Ana suggests, it is apparent that a lack of awareness for cultural heritage is directly connected to the social problems behind the July 5 incident. There is a lack of respect for culture that goes back to the Cultural Revolution and earlier. Tianjin is being destroyed, too, like many, many culturally rich places in China. There is no “rational” progress behind much of the demolition, but it’s always a great step forward for the developing companies and the party secretaries in their pay. Yes, many old streets and houses in many cities were in a sorry condition due to decades of neglect. It’s not easy to renovate them. Beijing has finally begun to rebuild some courtyard houses. At the same time they tore down the whole Qianmen area at the south of Tian’anmen Square and replaced it with a sort of Disneyland. Protests and suicides because of the demolitions in various cities have been in the news for years. In China, Southern Weekend (Nanfang Zhoumo) and other media have often reported on housing and cultural heritage problems. Most of the time they are allowed to do that. They cannot report on the arrest of dissidents such as Prof. Ilham Tohti of Central Nationalities University in Beijing. He has been detained since August 8. Amnesty International has issued an appeal for writing petitions in English and Chinese to the Chinese Prime Minister and other figures, because Prof Tohti has not been heard of since his arrest, raising fears for his health. Cases of torture and death in police custody are not unheard of in many parts of China (and other countries, of course). See http://www.chinafreepress.org/publish/Othernews/Petition_for_Ilham_Tohti_under_detention_presented_by_Wang_Lixiong.shtml, or http://bit.ly/q3BX4.
Yes, I think that Ana is right, raising awareness is crucial. One thing that has been lacking on the Uyghur support groups side is an outspoken condemnation of the massive looting and killing on July 5th in Urumqi. Yes, the demonstrations may have been peaceful in the beginning, just like in Lhasa last year, and maybe the police could have prevented them from turning violent, or maybe they could have at least contained them. And yes, thousands of Uyghurs have been arrested, some have been killed, and no one knows how many of them didn’t have any connection to the violence at all. But still: Both the Dalai Lama and Mrs. Rebiya Kadeer should have condemned the looting and killing in Lhasa and in Urumqi. The Dalai Lama said he prayed for victims on all sides, but that’s not enough. And the Uighur support groups such as Save Kashgar should have swiftly and loudly condemned the massive looting and killing by Uyghurs. Instead, Ana told us on Facebook that many Uyghurs may have died in Urumqi. Just that, as far as I have noticed. It was the same lack of awareness that was apparent after the Lhasa riot last year. So maybe there is a lack of awareness on both sides. Anyway, let us try to help in any way we can think of. Unfortunately, social websites such as Facebook and Twitter and their Chinese equivalents have been widely blocked and closed in China. The blocking of Facebook was said to be in response of aggressive Uighur support groups. They were mostly not aggressive at all, but they did fail to condemn the Uyghur looting and killing. As I have mentioned, Chinese media and intellectuals are sometimes able to speak out against social and cultural problems. Sometimes Chinese intellectuals in China can speak out in the international media and get noticed. See Asia Times (7/8/09): http://www.atimes.com/atimes/China/KG08Ad02.html, Ghost of Marx haunts China’s riots, By Jian Junbo. We concerned individuals and groups outside of China should support these efforts, and at the same time help to show the connection to Human Rights cases. And we should have condemned the Uyghur looting and killing first, and/or more loudly. The more we show our awareness on this side, the more we are credible on all sides. I never understood why Abu Ghraib was not raised as a central question by the Democrats in the 2004 US election. Where is the connection, you might ask. At least we have Obama now. Well, I think we have to look at and work on the most painful questions on our side first, whoever we are. Yes, I am on the side of Kashgar Old City. And on the side of minorities in my home country Austria. Maybe I should have cited a painful problem in Austria’s contemporary history. We certainly don’t have a shortage there. Anyway, I like Ana’s article very much, and I have great respect for her work. Let us continue writing and signing petitions, and most importantly, like Ana says, raising awareness. Peace!


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