Posts Tagged ‘character’

I DON’T UNDERSTAND – 张书菲 Zhang Shufei

五月 15, 2020

Zhang Shufei
SOMETHING I DON’T UNDERSTAND

Uncle Wang who carves face stamps
let Papa see
the face stamp he made for their boss.
Papa asked Uncle Wang,
how much did he get for it?
Uncle Wang said,
who on this world
would ever ask
his boss to pay?

Translated by MW, May 2020

Zhang Shufei, born 3/5/14, lives in Tengzhou, Shandong. Her father is the poet Gao Ge.
《新诗典》小档案:张书菲,2014年3月5日出生,山东滕州人,高歌的女儿。

SINN DES SCHREIBENS – 蒋雪峰 Jiang Xuefeng

五月 7, 2020

Jiang Xuefeng
AUCH DAS IST DER SINN DES SCHREIBENS

5 Jahre nach dem Ende der Menschen
sind alle Straßen verschwunden,
besetzt von Gräsern, Sträuchen und Bäumen.
Nach 25 Jahren
sind die Kühlrohre des letzten Wasserkraftwerks
von Schnecken und Muscheln verstopft
und die Welt wird völlig dunkel.
Die Kakerlaken haben dann in den Küchen alles Verschimmelte aufgefressen
und fangen mit Büchern und Zeitungen an.
Am Ende bleibt kein Blatt Papier auf der Welt,
kein einziges Zeichen.

Das ist auch der Sinn des Schreibens,
– den Kakerlaken noch ein paar Bücher,
noch ein paar Tage Fressen zu lassen.

2020-03-07
Übersetzt von MW im Mai 2020


这也是写作的意义
蒋雪峰 
 
人类灭亡五年后
所有的公路都会消失
被花草树木占领
二十五年后
最后一座水电站
散热管道被贝壳塞满
世界彻底黑暗
蟑螂吃光了厨房所有腐烂的食物
开始啃报纸和书籍
大地上不会剩下一张纸
一个字
 
这也是写作的意义
——多几本书给蟑螂
多留几天食物
 

 

 

HEIGHT OF THE WORLD – 江湖海

十月 5, 2019

Jiang Huhai
HEIGHT OF THE WORLD

To look for a person with backbone,
take the bones apart,
then one by one join them together.
The kneecaps cannot bend,
the whole spine cannot be bent,
nor can it be soft.
Not one bone can be bent or soft.
The sole of the foot stands on the ground,
then the bones rise up towards the sky.
When they are joined for the final height,
that is the height of the world.
I haven’t found it yet,
can’t take myself apart after all.

Translated by MW, October 2019

世界的高度
江湖海

寻找一个有骨气的人
把骨头拆了
一根一根接起来
膝骨不能弯
整条脊椎骨不能弯
也不能软
哪一根都不能弯不能软
脚掌骨立在地上
一根一根地往天上接
接完的高度
就是世界的高度
我没找到他
我还不能把自己拆了

 

新世纪诗典作品联展#江湖海#(24.0)

 

 

useless chinese – 姜馨贺 – NUTZLOSES CHINESISCH

十月 2, 2017

Jiang Xinhe

MY CHINESE IN SCHOOL IS USELESS SOMETIMES

On a train through the desert
I add
an Uighur boy on my WeChat
When I’m back in Shenzhen we say hello
but I don’t understand Uighur
and he doesn’t understand Chinese writing
Talking doesn’t work out either
so we can only send emojis
We have used every emoji available
all the way down
now
we are starting again
from the top

7/8/2017

Translated by MW, 2017-2018

 

Jiang Xinhe
MEIN CHINESISCH IN DER SCHULE IST MANCHMAL NUTZLOS

Im Zug durch die Wüste
hab ich einen jungen Uighuren kennengelernt
und auf WeChat hinzugefügt.
Als ich in Shenzhen zurück war
haben wir Nachrichten ausgetauscht.
Aber ich kann nicht Uighurisch
und er versteht keine chinesischen Zeichen.
Sprechen hat auch nicht funktioniert,
also hatten wir nur Emojis.
Wir haben alle verwendbaren Emojis
nacheinander verbraucht.
Jetzt haben wir
die zweite Runde angefangen.

8. August 2017
Übersetzt von MW am 1. Okt. 2017

KERN

四月 7, 2017

KERN

hat kern einen kern?

MW April 2017

Photos by Leo Winter

4 POEMS BY TANG GUO 唐果

十一月 20, 2013

Picture by Sara Bernal

Picture by Sara Bernal

Tang Guo
A WILFUL TREE

This is a tree that does what it wants,
a tree that grows at the edge of a cliff.
A tree that’s clasping and climbing the rocks.
A tree that never had milk, never heard music.
A tree that drank northwestern winds,
A tree that had wind poured in its ears.
A tree that would have liked milk, would have liked music.
A tree that stands under dark clouds, waiting for white clouds in the sky.
A tree that doesn’t stand at attention and leans where it pleases.
A tree that slacks off, like a girl out of shape.
A tree that watches the marching ants on its body and won’t get excited no more.
A tree that explores the depths of the stones.
A tree that will not get pulled out, however it sways.
A tree all alone.
A tree that stands on the edge, overlooking the forest.
A tree that can only bow to its partner if it can stay ten yards away;
it cannot grow as they do in the woods, as they hold on to each other’s shoulders.

2005
tang guo treeTang Guo
SONG OF THE DARK

the sun has gone behind the peak. darkness comes walking out of her home,
unfolds her black velvet and covers his foot.
she pulls up her velvet and covers his waist.
she waits till he’s snoring, then folds up his head.

sleep now, mountains, rivers, towns.
sleep, mosquitoes, beasts and mum.

Tr. MW, Nov. 2013

tang guo lied der nachtTang Guo
MY EPITAPH

she had joy, she was sad. she knew happiness and wandering.
today, she has only joy at her side –
– stolen joy that comes beyond.
she needs your smile,
as you stand at her breast, a little bulge in the earth.

2007

Tr. MW, Nov. 2013
tang guo epitaph
Tang Guo
FOR YOU

What grows on my body, just take it away.
If you want it – what I haven’t grown yet- come tomorrow.
I will try with my life. If I don’t make it – here are the seeds.

Tr. MW, Nov. 2013
tang guo for you


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