Posts Tagged ‘Bob Dylan’

HOW MANY ROADS

十二月 10, 2016

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HOW MANY ROADS
– for Bob Dylan

wer ist der beste deutsche dichter?
der wind der wind das himmlische kind

wer ist der beste englische dichter?
der wind der wind das himmlische kind

wer ist der beste höllische dichter?
der wind der wind das himmlische kind

wer ist der beste gutmenschendichter?
der wind der wind das himmlische kind

wer ist der beste bösmenschendichter?
der wind der wind das himmlische kind

wer ist der beste weibliche dichter?
der wind der wind das himmlische kind

wer ist der beste männliche dichter?
der wind der wind das himmlische kind

wer ist der österreichischste dichter?
der wind der wind das himmlische kind

MW Dezember 2016

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WIRBELT IM WIND
– Danke an Bob Dylan!

wieviele wege geht denn ein mensch
bevor du sagst er ist ein mensch?

eine weiße taube fliegt übers meer
wie oft bevor sie schläft?

wieviele male fliegt denn ein ball
bevor die kanone zerbricht?

die antwort, mein freund
die weht im wind
die antwort wirbelt im wind

wieviele jahre steht denn ein berg
bevor ihn der wind wäscht ins meer?

wieviele jahre stehen menschen auf
bevor du’s erlaubst: sie sind frei!

wieviele male drehst du dich um
und tust so als ob du nichts findst?

die antwort, mein freund
die weht im wind
die antwort wirbelt im wind

wieviele male schaut denn ein mann
bevor er den himmel sehen kann?

wieviele ohren brauchst du denn noch
bevor du hörst: jemand weint!

wieviele tote bis du dann weißt
dass zu viele niemand mehr find’t?

die antwort, mein freund
die weht im wind
die antwort wirbelt im wind

MW Dezember 2016

 

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TRUMPIN’ IN THE PENCE

十一月 28, 2016

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TRUMPIN’ IN THE PENCE
(no apology)

How many pence must a trump trump down,
before you trump him a pence?
And how many pence must a white trump trump,
before he sleeps in the pence?
Yes, and how many trumps must the pences’s balls trump,
before they’re forever trumped?

The trumper, my pence, is trumpin’ in the pence,
the trumper is trumpin in the pence.

How many pence can the trumper expense,
before he is trumped to the pence?
And how many trumps can some trumpers expense,
before they’re allowed to be pence?
Yes, and how many trumps can a pence turn his trump,
pretending he just doesn’t wince?

The trumper, my pence, is trumpin’ in the pence,
the trumper is trumpin’ in the pence.

How many trumps must a pence trump up,
before he can trump the trump?
Yes, and how many trumps must one pence trump,
before he can hear trumpers trump?
And how many trumps will it take till he trumps
that too many trumpers have trumped?

The trumper, my pence, is trumpin’ in the pence,
the trumper is trumpin’ in the pence.

MW November 2016

PENCIN‘ IN THE PENCE

十一月 27, 2016

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PENCIN’ IN THE PENCE
(another apology to B.D.!)

How many pence must a pence pence down,
before you pence him a pence?
And how many pence must a white pence pence, before he pens
in the pence?
Yes, and how many pence must the pence’s balls pence,
before they’re forever penced?

The pences, my pence are pencin’ in the pence, the pences are pencin’ in the pence.

How many pence can the pences expense,
before they are penced to the pence?
And how many pence can some pence expense,
before they’re allowed to be pence? Yes, and how many pence can a pence turn his pence,
pretending he just doesn’t pence?

The pences, my pence are pencin’ in the pence, the pences are pencin’ in the pence.

How many pence must a pence pence up before he can pence the pence?
Yes and how many pence must one pence pence before he can hear pences pence?
And how many pence will he pence till he pens that too many pences have penced?

The pences, my pence are pencin’ in the pence, the pences are pencin’ in the pence.

MW November 2016

TRUMPIN’ IN THE TRUMP

十一月 10, 2016
Photo by David Howard

Photo by David Howard

TRUMPIN’ IN THE TRUMP
(apologies to B.D.!)

How many trumps must a trump trump down,
before you trump him a trump?
And how many trumps must a white trump trump before he trumps in the trump?
Yes, and how many trumps must the trumpin’ balls trump before they’re forever trumped?

The trumper, my trump is trumpin’ in the trump, the trumper is trumpin’ in the trump.

How many trumps can a trumper be trumped
before he is trumped to the trump?
And how many trumps can some trumpers be trumped
before they are trumped to be trump? Yes, and how many trumps can a trump turn his trump pretending he just doesn’t trump?

The trumper, my trump, is trumpin’ in the trump, the trumper is trumpin’ in the trump.

How many trumps must a trump trump up before he can trump the trump?
Yes and how many trumps must one trump trump before he can trump trumpers trump!
And how many trumps will it trump till he trumps that too many trumpers have trumped?

The trumper, my trump is trumpin’ in the trump, the trumper is trumpin in the trump.

MW November 2016

NOBLE POEM

十月 23, 2016
Photo by Ronnie Niedermeyer, www.rn.co.at

Photo by Ronnie Niedermeyer, http://www.rn.co.at

NOBLE POEM

wish I could write a noble poem
a prized noble poem
a swedish prized noble poem
a norwegian prized noble poem
pricey and noble
like norwegian beer
everything becomes pricey and noble
unless global warming
comes fast enough

MW October 2016

 

last week the brazilian author ricardo domeneck wrote a noble commentary on Facebook that actually sounds a little dylanesque, partly. masters of war, yes. dynamite. 伊沙 has a great little nobel dynamite poem. from 1992. 今年的文学諾貝爾得主有一首 Masters of War,我有一首 “X&Y”, 伊沙翻譯成《一搭一挡》。講尼克松和他的外交部长、大陸前领導和他的首相等等。墙上還有“毛”字,因為伊沙1991年一首小詩。 we had a reading here in vienna on Oct. 15 in our new housing close to the new central train station. we have a library downstairs. run by people from our house, we are there often. open to other houses, gudrun and peter built a stage, and we have theatre. and we had a bob dylan night a few months ago. masters of war is a little like my poem X&Y. x was cruel/ butt is sore/ y was able/ and suave./ both loved culture/ both destroyed/ hundred million/ butts are cold. written march 2007 in beijing. yes, nixon and kissinger, mao and zhou, maybe there is a pair like that in brazil? only six or seven swedes in over 100 years of a great swedish prize for literature is actually not very much, is it? wonder if ricardo brazil/domeneck/africa ever read tomas tranströmer. oh well. pity this busy monster manunkind/ not. progress is a comfortable disease:/ your victim (death and live safely beyond) plays with the bigness of its littleness …[…] pity poor flesh and trees, poor stars and stones, but never this fine specimen …. listen: there’s a hell/ of a good universe next door. let’s go. there must be some way out of here, said the joker to the thief …

yes, the music of jimi hendrix. dylan is honored as tip of the iceberg, should be chuck berry and many others at the same time. preferably african brazilian women. yes, manunkind maybe doesn’t always deserve something poor ricardo doesn’t always get, maybe. pity. oh yes.

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悼大衛鮑伊 – FOR DAVID BOWIE

一月 15, 2016

悼大衛鮑伊

惦記他
故他在
记得9/11以後
他在紐约唱保羅西蒙的歌
America
惦記盧·里德
兩三年前聽他的現場
惦記臺灣老朋友
廖瑞銘臺灣語教授
记得88年在臺灣買崔健的卡带
惦記傳聲頭像
AC-DC 酒吧
平克·弗洛伊德
寫在BUFFALO TOWN 天花板
惦記臺灣摇滚
以及所有抵抗强暴的聲音

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星期六七月26号去了鲍勃.迪伦现场 – Bob Dylan concert 在 Wiesen, 奥地利 Austria.
Rather good. Full raspy voice. Lots of ambivalence in the songs. Experimenting with old songs, making it new.
Songs from the albums TIME OUT OF MIND, WORLD GONE WRONG, BLOOD ON THE TRACKS and others. “Love Sick” was the last song. Very, very good. Before that, a new version of Blowin’ in the Wind.
Dylan was rather like Cui Jian 崔健 when he’s good – new songs every time, all of it – especially the classics.
Dylan mostly played piano. Good band. Each song a surprise. We saw Lou Reed two years ago. Also very good. Experimental, still.
That was the last chance I would get to experience Lou Reed live. He was himself, as far as I could tell. They also had what was left of The Doors – still with Ray Manzarek – and Ian Anderson and others. Doors trying to sound like on the records. Oh well. Ian Anderson coherent for one song only. Sad. Lou Reed strong. Like Dylan this time.

THE SUN NEEDS A WHILE – DIE SONNE BRAUCHT EIN BISSCHEN ZEIT

十二月 17, 2015

THE SUN NEEDS A LITTLE TIME

the sun needs a little time
I have always loved you
I shouted and cursed
fog and frost
everything hidden in fog in the morning
kids are in school
my bicycle’s gone
my mother’s bicycle, blue, rather old
my father’s bike disappeared also
when I was small you brought me on your bike
I haven’t written much about you
my father my mother
I am a writer
I wrote many poems
most of the time
we could not stand each other
I and my father most of the time
I rode a bicycle
austria taiwan china the cities
sometimes the mountains
along the danube when I was small
with my father
it was very good
in romania I drove a car
it was a vw looked rather broken
like an old bicycle ran rather well
the sun needs a while
I should be translating
should be writing letters
call one or two people
take care go on working
chongqing has fog every day
no-one rides a bicycle
there are lots of stairs
nowadays there are highways
nato bombed serbia
it was on tv
the land and the roofs
I come from austria
I loved yugoslavia as a small child
I watched and I cried
then I rode my bicycle
up and down chongqing
nato bombed the chinese embassy
no-one knew why
you can try to explain
maybe if they had bombed them in bosnia
the yugoslav army not the chinese
no srebrenica no war in kosovo
I only knew this is where I come from
and now there is war
you can try to explain
come you masters of war
I hope I can write a little more
the sun needs a while

MW December 2015

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DIE SONNE BRAUCHT EIN BISSCHEN ZEIT

die sonne braucht ein bisschen zeit
ich hab dich immer geliebt
ich hab dich beschimpft und angeschrien
raureif und nebel
in der früh liegt alles im nebel
die kinder sind in der schule
mein fahrrad ist weg
das blaue fahrrad von meiner mutter
auch das fahrrad von meinem vater
auf dem blauen fahrrad bin ich als kind
warum hab ich nicht von euch geschrieben
von meinem vater von meiner mutter
ich kann doch schreiben
ich hab so viele gedichte geschrieben
ich hab mich nicht vertragen
mit meinem vater
fast immer haben wir uns nicht vertragen
ich bin viel rad gefahren
in österreich in taiwan in china
in rumänien mit einem wagen
der wagen sah aus wie ein altes fahrrad
es war ein vw sie ist gut gefahren
autos sind weiblich in vielen sprachen
die sonne braucht ein bisschen zeit
ich sollt übersetzen
sollt korrespondieren
sollt leute anrufen
sollt mich kümmern
in chongqing ist immer viel nebel
fast niemand hat in chongqing ein fahrrad
es gibt viele stufen
jetzt gibt es auch viele stadtautobahnen
die nato hat serbien bombardiert
ich hab es im fernsehen gesehen
das land und die dächer
ich komme aus österreich
und war als kind in jugoslawien
ich hab geweint
dann bin ich mit dem fahrrad
in den straßen gefahren
hinauf und hinunter
die nato hat die chinesische botschaft
niemand wusste warum
ausländer waren auf einmal verdächtig
man kann versuchen den krieg zu erklären
vielleicht hätten bomben zur rechten zeit
srebrenica verhindert
und damit auch den kosovokrieg
man kann versuchen den krieg zu erklären
es gibt viele erklärungen über die jahre
ich wusste nur ich komm von dort
dort ist jetzt krieg
come you masters of war
ich hoffe ich kann noch etwas schreiben
die sonne braucht ein bisschen zeit

MW Dezember 2015

IDLE

十二月 7, 2015

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IDLE

something idle in poetry
something obscene

how much do I know
to talk out of turn
you might say I’m young
you might say I’m unlearned

something in poetry that doesn’t die

MW December 2015

Bob

X & 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

【奥地利】维马丁

伊沙译

《一搭一挡》

X贪残暴虐
死而后已
Y才华横溢
风度翩翩
博古通今
焚书坑儒
亿万人民
生灵涂炭

2007.3

Tanks Uighur Girl

 

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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