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9/11, 20 years on

9月 12, 2021

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9/11 is like 1989.
People will remember.
20, 30, a hundred years after.
One such year is more than enough
in a lifetime, if you were there
among the carnage
or when the wall came down,
or was opened​, at first.
I was on a beach in 1989,
in the winter.
Weeks on a beach,
and Romania burned,
after Czechoslovakia didn’t,
and so on and so on.
A beach in Thailand, sunset beach.
Sunrise is on the other side
of the peninsula.
There is a mountain in between,
and there was one water buffalo left,
as far as I remember.
Krabi, Krabi! crie the boatsmen,
we didn’t go back to Krabi, the nearest town,
for quite a while.
Newspapers were from days ago, a week ago.
It was a marvelous year.
In 1989, I was in Taiwan, and in between, in the US and in Thailand.
In 2001, I was in Beijing.
Jackie worked in the Austrian embassy.
I was teaching and translating.
We saw it on TV, not right away,
as far as I remember.
We talked to friends and relatives
on the phone.
It was two years after 1999,
when Belgrade was bombarded.
They bombed the Chinese embassy,
it’s still not clear why.
I was in China then too,
in Chongqing.
I cried when I saw the towns over there on TV,
it looked too much like home.
They did to Belgrade what the Serbian side
had done to Sarajewo, and other cities,
and there was the massacre of Srebrenica
and so on and so on.
Yugoslavia is the place in Europa
that had no walls coming down in 1989,
rather some going up, more and more.
In 2012 we did a magazine issue here in Vienna,
Headfirst through the Great Wall of China,
or something like that.
It was crazy.
We had Yan Jun for reciting poetry and drama,
and we had Hui Ye, a very versatile local artist, mostly based in Austria.
Yan Jun is a famous poet and experimental musician from Lanzhou,
lives mostly in Beijing, very much on the fringe.
So we were doing a small local magazine,
but we were so excited, we told all the world!
I did, mostly. It was really great.
We had Yugoslavia, mainland China, Taiwan
and a Turkish German author wrote
the Great Wall was a sleeping dragon
that woke up once in a few centuries
and people came to grief.
And the magazine editor wanted to kill that,
thought it was disrespectful.
I don’t think he knew anyone from China.
How is this about 9/11?
9/11 was like 1989, in a way.
Everyone knows what happened in 1989,
or everyone doesn’t,
depends where you are.
There are still thousands of people
who died in New York on that day,
but there are no remnants.
They are still searching for traces.

MW September 2021

 

 

 

50 YEARS UNFINISHED BUSINESS – 秦巴子 – 50 JAHRE NICHT ERLEDIGT

6月 3, 2016

Army of poets

Qin Bazi
50 YEARS UNFINISHED BUSINESS

Cultural Revolution, half a century already.
What I can’t forget until now
are a couple of pigs.
Like people they came to Democracy Wall,
like people they looked at Big Character Posters.
They ate the glue,
they ate the characters,
spat out scraps of paper.
Don’t know where those scraps went.
Those pigs went into our bellies.
The people who posted Big Character Posters,
they are all over the Internet.

May 2016
Tr. MW, June 2016

Qin Bazi
50 JAHRE NICHT ERLEDIGT

kulturrevolution ein halbes jahrhundert
was ich nicht vergessen kann
ein paar schlaue schweine
kommen wie die menschen vor die demokratiemauer
schauen wie die menschen poster mit großen zeichen
sie fressen den leim von den postern
sie fressen die zeichen
dann spucken sie fetzen papier aus
papierfetzen gehen wer weiß wohin
die schweine haben wir bald gegessen
die leute die die poster geklebt haben
die seh ich jetzt noch im internet

Mai 2016
Übersetzt von MW im Juni 2016

 《五十年未了》
秦巴子

文革已经半个世纪
我至今难以忘记的
是一些聪明的猪
和人一样来民主墙前
和人一样来看大字报
但比人读得更彻底
拱着被撕下的大字报
吃着大字报上的浆糊
同时也吃掉上面的字
然后吐出纸片儿
那些纸片儿早已不知去向
那些猪早已被我们吃掉
而那些贴大字报的人
我现在常在网上看见

2016/5

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