Posts Tagged ‘competition’

LETHAL WEAPON – 艾米 Ai Mi

五月 12, 2020

Ai Mi
LETHAL WEAPON

Faced with three or four competitors,
how did I manage to win my wife?
It was because one day
at six in the morning
I was already at the door to her dormitory,
to work out at parallel bars.
When they showed up for work
and said oh, Mr. Ai, so early,
I just smiled,
pointing behind
to her dormitory,
said I had never left
since yesterday.

Translated by MW, May 2020

 

Ai Mi

TÖDLICHE WAFFE

 

Gegen drei oder vier Konkurrenten,

wie hab ichs geschafft, meine Frau zu gewinnen?

Ich war eines Tages

schon um sechs in der Früh

vor der Tür von ihrem Wohnheim

beim Morgensport am doppelten Barren.

Als die Leute zur Arbeit kamen,

sagten sie Herr Ai, heute so früh!

Ich lächelte nur,

deutete

auf ihr Wohnheim

und sagte:

Ich bin seit gestern hier.

 

Übersetzt von MW im Mai 2020

Ai Mi, born 1978 in Mianyang, Prov. Sichuan. Lives in Jinan, Shandong, works in education. Read two books by Yi Sha and started to try writing poems like that.
《新诗典》小档案:艾米:1978年人,祖籍四川绵阳,现居山东济南,从事教育工作。读了伊沙的两本诗集《车过黄河》和《鸽子》,感觉这样写诗很棒,开始尝试口语诗写作。Ai Mi, kommt aus Mianyang in Sichuan, lebt in Jinan, Provinz Shandong. Arbeitet im Bildungssektor. Hat zwei Bücher von Yi Sha gelesen und wollte auch solche Gedichte schreiben.

 

NO ORDER, NO BOOKING – 袁愿

三月 16, 2020

Yuan Yuan
NO ORDER, NO BOOKING

Chang’an Poesie-Festival
Mid-Autumn Moon Festival time
Mrs. Zhang, wife of the Australian poet
Zhang Lizhong
reads out her poem,
afterwards she doesn’t understand what Yi Sha says
and asks him over the table:
„Did you say
my poem’s not good,
we don’t order food,
and something else,
what was that?
Poets are smiling, someone corrects her:
„He said not booked for NPC,
we’ll still order food.“
Moon Festival,
friends come from afar,
food has to be booked.

9/13/19
Tr. MW, March 2020

 

 

ROOM SERVICE, Regensburg

一月 6, 2019

Photo by Cornelia Ippers

ROOM SERVICE

Are you from room service?
Translate into Spanish:
all-inclusive service,
gagged,
biting,
reading stories,
contemporary historical service,
service in the times of the cholera.
Voluntary,
involuntary man-service
in the name of the lord
of the manor
and the overlord
of the hotel chain
in the interests of
the all-Europe hotel
short story competition
and so on.

Make a story
out of who stayed
in Regensburg
before sunrise,
before sunset,
after Ethan Hawke,
what was the name of the bar,
something with Max.
Different city?
No, we’re not mad,
we’re very glad
we found this hotel
at the end of December.
The local paper says
these are six precious days
not including Christmas
to recuperate.
No tourists,
Merry-Turks- street,
what a wonderful place.

Pustet is a very good bookstore.
Better than some biggest book shops in bigger cities.
Churches are free,
just like the thousand year old bridge
with its museum. This used to be
one of two biggest cities in Germany.
They are building a synagogue.

A place of hope. End of a year.
Not a good one.
Re-education camps. War on terror, they say.
War on the people. Not a good story.

Are you from room service?
Please translate into Spanish
and Catalan:
Who translates into English?
Anyway, I write poems.
Some are good stories,
like Mosque And Casino.
I wrote it years ago in Chinese.

 

MW December 2018 – January 2019

Photo by Cornelia Ippers

 

 

I AM THE CHAMPION – 游若昕

五月 7, 2015

champion

You Ruoxin
CHAMPION

I am one semen
in my mother’s belly
competing with the other semen
sprinting as fast as I can
to be the first
at the finish
and become the champion
If I don’t run
faster
if I’m not
the champion
there will be
no me on this world

2015-02-22


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