Posts Tagged ‘bible’

RATHER FOREIGN

二月 4, 2017

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RATHER FOREIGN

rather foreign
domestic policy
5-year-old claps
sphincter
in irons

MW February 2017

 

KURZ- VORSCHLAG

flüchtlinge halbieren
so wie bei salomo
kinder zuerst

MW Feber 2017

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VORSCHLAG ZUR GÜTE

kurz halbieren

MW Februar 2017

诗篇

七月 29, 2016

Psalter

《诗篇》
(伊沙拍的照片)

 

诗篇。
PSALTER。
诗篇当商标,
诗歌在资本主义
最光明的位置
不是非常好的?
表示中国还真有诗意。

两位模特目光
又傻又恶心,
还有点自豪。
当然我不是
她们的目表,
顾客们也许
很喜欢她们。

整个印象
就是很国际化,
世界五洲
任何商场都可以。
但圣经诗篇当商标
除了中国谁想到?

圣经天使
最早找圣母玛丽,
告诉她怀孕了
要生出耶稣好消息,
那时候玛丽正在读诗篇。
好像没记录她在穿什么。

诗篇很多是大卫写的。
不过以色列
也许不想出这商标。

2016/7

 

ABENDMAHL – 馬非

十二月 14, 2015

饺子

Ma Fei 《中国人的圣餐》
ABENDMAHL

Yi Sha hat ein Foto gemacht,
eine Platte mit gerollten Teigtaschen:
“Das heilige Buch der Chinesen”.

Ich glaube, man kann auch sagen,
ein Teller fertig gerollter Jiaozi
ist ein heiliges Mahl.

Ich kann keine Jiaozi rollen.
Meine Jiaozi
sind fast alle von meiner Mama.

Ein heiliges Mahl kommt von Gott.
Mein Nachtmahl kommt von meiner Mama.
Meine Mama ist meine Göttin.

Außerdem will ich ausplaudern
von ihren göttlichen Teigtaschen:
mit Sauerkraut drinnen, das sind die besten.

2015
Übersetzt von MW im Dezember 2015

Ma Fei im Licht

Ma Fei 《菜市场之梦》
TRAUM VOM GEMÜSEMARKT

der gemüsemarkt wo ich stammkunde bin
da ist immer viel los
in meinem traum
ist er ganz verlassen
nur an einem einzigen stand
ein schwarm von leuten dass man nicht durchkann
die machen ein bombengeschäft
ich seh ein schild
das steckt auf dem gemüse
auf dem schild steht schief und verdreht:
gefängnislieferant

2015
Übersetzt von MW im Dezember 2015

《中国人的圣餐》

伊沙有一幅摄影作品
把包饺子命名为
《中国人的圣经》

我想是不是也可以
把包好的饺子
视为中国人的圣餐

我不会包饺子
我吃的饺子
大部分是我妈包的

圣餐出自上帝
我的圣餐出自我妈
我妈就是我的上帝

顺便啰嗦一句
我的上帝包的圣餐
属酸菜馅的最好吃

《菜市场之梦》

我经常光顾的
热闹的菜市场
在梦里
变得异常冷落
只有一个菜摊
人满为患
生意火爆
我看见
菜堆儿上
插着一块牌子
歪歪扭扭地写着:
监狱供货

Ma Fei Familie

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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