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POEMS FROM OCTOBER – Yi Sha 伊沙

十一月 9, 2015

Yi Sha VSC photos

POEMS FROM OCTOBER – Yi Sha 伊沙

Yi Sha
SKY IN SHANGHAI

on our first afternoon in shanghai
there was a symposium
at the academy of social sciences
dinner in another building
eating dinner
I have to go to the bathroom
from the bathroom window
I see the sky
it is just getting dark
the sun is setting
the sky is red
this is a whole different sky
my mother
grew up under this sky
now she and the sky
they have become one

October 2015
Tr. MW, Nov. 2015

《上海的天空》

到达上海的头天下午
在社科院
开了一下午研讨会
晚餐时进了另一幢楼
进餐过程中
我上了一回厕所
从厕所的窗子
看见上海的天空
正值黄昏
夕阳西下
红霞满天
那是不一样的天空啊
我的母亲
望着它长大
如今已经与它
融为一体

Yi Sha
WHO IS GOING TO SLEEP WITH YOU

my wife is on a business trip
asks me on the phone:
“who will sleep with you tonight?”
“a flea”
is my answer

it’s the truth
I had classes all day
had a nap at noon in the teacher’s room
on the old sofa
and got bitten all over

October 2015
Tr. MW, Nov. 2015

《谁陪你睡觉》

在外出差的妻
打来电话问:
“今晚谁陪你睡觉?”
“一只虱子”
我回答道

我说的是真的
今儿我全天有课
午休在教研室的
一张破沙发上
被咬了一身疙瘩

Yi Sha
DREAM 566

I don’t trust this group of people
they are sitting at a round table
eating their fill from a big plate of living
bugs

October 2015
Tr. MW, Nov. 2015

《梦(566)》

我不信任的一伙人
围坐在一个圆桌边
在大吃一盘活着的
虫子

Yi Sha
DREAM 567

the chinese men’s basketball team
came back after four years on top of asia
and earned their ticket for the olympics
in rio next year
after I saw the game
I fell asleep, then I saw it again
they still won the cup
but the process was different
even the finals
there was another opponent

October 2015
Tr. MW, Nov. 2015

《梦(567)》

中国男篮在时隔四年后
重新夺回亚洲冠军
并拿到明年
里约奥运会的入场券
在看完决赛的夜里
我又梦见了他们夺冠
结果是一样的
但过程全然不同
连决赛对手都换了

Yi Sha
DREAM 568

the japanese have occupied china
and installed cameras in every classroom
they need to watch every minute
everything I am teaching
my hate for the japanese
keeps building up
till the day it explodes

October 2015
Tr. MW, Nov. 2015

《梦(568)》

日本占领时期
教室里安装了探头
他们时刻监视着
我在课堂上的讲授
我对日本人的仇恨
蓄积着
等待爆发的一天

Yi Sha
DREAM 569

I am a woman
the dissident zhang zhixin
trussed up for slaughter
led to the river bank
for execution
a bullet is coming
it goes right between my brows
but I don’t fall down
I am not dead
I feel electricity
up and down in my body

the sky is blue as never before

October 2015
Tr. MW, 2015

《梦(569)》

我是女人
是张志新
被五花大绑
押往河滩
执行枪决
一颗子弹射来
正中我眉心
却没有倒下
没有死
全身上下
通电之感

天空无比湛蓝

Yi Sha
DREAM 570

I dreamed of a window
what was outside the window
that was the part
I cannot remember

October 2015
Tr. MW, Nov. 2015

《梦(570)》

我梦见了
一扇窗子
窗外景色
是梦醒之后
忘却的部分

Yi Sha
DREAM 571

I took a nap
I had a dream
I’m sure of that
but forgot all the contents
the whole afternoon
I couldn’t remember one thing
it felt as bad
as loosing money

October 2015
Tr. MW, Nov. 2015

《梦(571)》

午觉时
我做了个梦
我只记得
这个行为
但却忘记了内容
整个下午
怎么想也想不起
就像丢了钱
一样难受

Yi Sha
DREAM 572

I always thought
I don’t like women who are good in sports
but why am I dreaming
of a girl in high school
who sat next to me
she was javelin champion
I feel very nervous
I am very much under pressure
this is the second time
I am dreaming about her
I wrote another poem
about that first time

October 2015
Tr. MW, Nov. 2015

《梦(572)》

我一直以为
我不喜欢
体育型的女生
但为什么
当我梦见
中学时代那个
女子标枪冠军
做了我同桌时
却诚惶诚恐
倍感压力
有诗可查
这已经是
我第二次梦见她

Yi Sha
DREAM 574

“this is a contemporary poem“,
says the shanghai poet lu yu
about a piece by qi guo.
“many people write modern poems,
but they don’t write contemporary poems.”
this really happened three days ago
in zhujiajiao water town next to shanghai
at a poetry festival.
now I have dreamed about it
because I have said a while ago:
“if it isn’t contemporary,
it isn’t really a modern poem.”

October 2015
Tr. MW, Nov. 2015

《梦(574)》

“这是一首当代诗”
上海诗人陆渔在评点
祁国的一首诗:
“大部分诗人
写的是现代诗
而不是当代诗……”

那是在三天前
在上海朱家角水乡诗会上
真实发生过的一幕
重现在我昨夜的梦中
那是因为我早就说过:
“缺乏当代性
绝非真正的现代诗”

Yi Sha
DREAM 578

I am having a fight with my wife.
Some chicken-feather-small thing,
garlic-peal-thing, we can’t stop fighting.

An old holy man
comes down from the sky,
and touches the crown of her head.
She stops fighting with me.

I take a great leap
to jump into the sky
and beat that old man.

October 2015
Tr. MW, Nov. 2015

《梦(578)》

我和老婆在吵架
为件鸡毛蒜皮的小事
吵个不休

一个仙翁
从天而降
伸手摸了她的顶
她就不再跟我吵了

我一跃而起
跃上天空
追打仙翁

Yi Sha
DREAM 580

some town in yunnan
probably dali

she is selling flowers
gets me to follow her
into a dark room
then she has changed
into a prostitute

I haven’t done anything
but I am getting caught

October 2015
Tr. MW, Nov. 2015

《梦(580)》

云南某城
好像是大理

一个卖花女
将我引诱到
一个小黑屋
摇身一变
成卖淫女

我啥都没干
却当场被抓

Yi Sha
DREAM 581

As a volunteer
I walk into
a camp of syrian refugees
I am very surprised
everyone of them
looks like one of us
from the country I come from.
I know their faces,
they all look like family.

October 2015
Tr. MW, Nov. 2015

《梦(581)》

作为一名志愿者
我走进
叙利亚难民营
惊讶地发现
他们都长着
一张张同胞的脸
把我认作
祖国的亲人

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LIU XIA

一月 11, 2014

Link to video: Nobel peace prize winner Liu Xiaobo’s wife reads poem from house arrest – videoLiu Xia Article

法蘭克福匯報FAZ劉霞文

Ai Weiwei News

六月 26, 2011
Liebe Freunde,
Ai Weiwei_Martin Winter
(Basler Zeitung Di., 27. Juli 2011)
Ai Weiweis Gedicht "Wir sprechen uns später" ist in der aktuellen Ausgabe der Zeit (7.-14. Juli). Kam am Donnerstag
heraus, nach China kommt die aktuelle Ausgabe immer erst am Montag, wenn sie kommt. Dann kostet sie 120 Volkstaler,
dreimal so viel wie in Deutschland. Die Übersetzung ist von Angelika Burgsteiner und mir. In den Tagen nach Ai Weiweis
Freilassung war dazu ein Artikel von Bei Ling, den ich übersetzt habe, in der FAZ, in der Presse und auf derstandard.at.
Das Gedicht erschien 1987 in der von Yan Li herausgegebenen chinesischsprachigen Zeitschrift Yi Hang (oder Yi Xing, d.h.
Eine Zeile/ Eine Gruppe) in New York. Ai Weiwei erinnert sich an das Gedicht, weil es das einzige ist, das er je geschrieben
hat, sagt er.
Zeit_2011_7.Juli_AiWeiwei
Wir haben Ai Weiwei am Freitag in der Früh besucht. Er wirkte noch ziemlich mitgenommen. Ich bekam den Eindruck, er wurde
eher zu von der Staatssicherheit vermuteten politischen Hintergründen von alten Fotos aus New York befragt als zu steuerlichen
Vorwürfen gegen ihn. Aber wir haben nicht viel gefragt. Für die Aktionen zu seiner Unterstützung war er sehr dankbar, obwohl
er bei manchen Sachen auch etwas skeptisch ist. Die aktuelle Ausstellung in Winterthur kommt bald nach Graz, und die Sache in
Bregenz fängt auch in diesem Monat an. Aber er kann ja leider nirgends selbst hinfahren. Manche Projekte, die er vorher begonnen
hat, scheinen ihm jetzt fast fremd geworden zu sein. Er möchte gerne gastfreundlich sein und frei reden wir früher. Aber wie er
selbst sagt, jetzt geht es ihm eben wie vielen anderen, und eher wie vielen gewöhnlichen Leuten, die auch nicht zuviel
den Mund aufmachen dürfen. Als Wegzehrung für den Rückweg haben wir ein paar Sonnenblumenkerne mitbekommen.
Herzliche Grüße, mw
http://www.newyorker.com/online/blogs/newsdesk/2011/07/liao-yiwu-leaves-china.html

Silence of the dissidents
The Ancient Roots of Chinese Liberalism 
台灣自由時報副刊全版刊〈草泥馬時代的艾未未〉文,照竟也全刊出了 
Yan Li's Chinese magazine in New York, 1987

The source for Ai Weiwei’s poem

严力:说说艾未未(之二) (2011.5)

严  力:说说艾未未(之三)

严力:说说艾未未(之四)

Hu Jia released after years in Chinese prison 

@faz_net Weit hinter der chinesischen Firewall http://t.co/LIbIuTv 貝嶺 Bei Ling (June 25). http://derstandard.at/1308679661187/Die-Freilassung-Ai-Weiweis-Ai-Weiweis-Zukunft Ai Weiwei mit Maulkorb: Wie lange wird er das aushalten? Der Aktionskünstler ist wieder auf freiem Fuß, aber unter scharfen Auflagen: Gibt es echte Freiheit für ihn nur um den Preis des Exils?

中文刊於6月24日台灣蘋果日報

英譯刊於6月25日台北時報(Taipei Times): What will be the price of Ai Weiwei’s freedom? By Bei Ling 貝嶺

Berliners for Ai Weiwei (He lost a lot of weight in prison, so he might as well have some!)

See also Berlin’s Tagesspiegel from June 23rd  柏林《每日鏡報》6月24日文化版

so

六月 2, 2011

so (children’s day)

it is children’s day today
so i’m very very tired
as i’ve been for many years
so i don’t appear so often
so i’m very very late
so i’m here like anyone
so we’re doing what we can
so i’ll have another birthday
so we’ve china to remember
so we’ve 1989
so we’re doing what we can

MW June 1st, 2011

Maia & Leo

Egypt and China

二月 3, 2011

A sign in Cairo

Chinese sign in Cairo

Any discussion on forbidden topics is worthwhile. And this topic seems to be at least semi-forbidden on websites easily accessible in China. Social unrest is widespread and continues to grow. China is built on denial. Not on the Nile. There is no river in Beijing. I wonder if there has been any precipitation by now since fall. It was pretty bad in 2000, I remember. They dug huge canals all the way from around Nanjing and Wuhan to bring water for Beijing and Tianjin. Imagine a new canal dug through a city center, 100 meter down. That’s what I saw somewhere in Henan in 2007 or so. Maybe most people don’t take part in uprisings yet. As anywhere, people are concerned with their family and their livelihood. Not with the government. Unless something bad enough happens, you don’t need to take action. Maybe you’ll discuss something, like Premier Wen visiting the Beijing Petition Bureau. They do seem to feel the need to address some problems publicly, and not only through suppression. They continue to suppress many words, such as eleven or civil society. Actually I’m not sure if eleven is still sensitive, but it wouldn’t surprise me, since a certain dissident who was sentenced to eleven years on Dec. 25, 2009, got a lot of publicity lately. Any comparison of China with countries in volatile situations is worthwhile. It’s important not to end up in the Nile, or in denial. That’s a nice little joke I heard from our friend Liam, very nice if you’re far away, I guess. To a very large extent, China is built on denial. The same could be said about other societies, like Austria. But maybe at least there is less denial now than 30 or 40 or 50 years ago. In Austria, maybe. It’s a dialectical process, maybe. There is still a lot of denial. But in China denial is at the base of the system. In private talk, if you’re a friend, people will tell you what they went through in the 1950s, -60s, -70s and so on, or what they are doing now, even if it’s against official policy. But is there enough public discussion of past and present grievances and problems? This is already very close to the question Adam (see below) has put in his post. Adam is right, saying that China is very special and very stable and so on often gets very obnoxious. I am very wary of any big-time supportive international collaboration with institutions in China. Just look at what happened at the Frankfurt Book Fair 2009. The organizers cooperated with China’s GAPP, the general administration of pressure and prodding to toe the government line in publishing. The Ministry of Truth. Maybe they had to, to stage a China-themed fair. And the ensuing scandal was good, except for a few officials. Any kind of discussion is good, any kind of publicity, if there is a lot of denial. I wonder if the Robert Bosch trust fund and other Western sources of funding for cooperation with China learned anything. In December there was a discussion in Germany and Austria, after an article in the Sueddeutsche Zeitung suggested that Chinese Studies institutions staid away from the topic of the Nobel Peace Prize award for a Chinese dissident. Maybe some of them do, if the people in charge are too closely affiliated with the Confucius Institutes situated right inside the Chinese Studies department, as it is usually the case now. In Vienna, this wasn’t a problem. There was a big discussion on January 11 at the Sinology department of the East Asian Institute, one of the most engaged and open events at Vienna University in a while, probably. Bei Ling, author of the Liu Xiaobo biography was there, reading and talking to an enthusiastic crowd, in a very interesting discussion about the roles of intellectuals and public institutions. Professor Weigelin was fully in her element. Prof. Findeisen and Dr. Wemheuer contributed important points on literature and society. Who would have thought that in January, people around the world would spontaneously think of 1989? At least for me it feels like back then, very sudden change sweeping through several countries. So of course there are many comparisons. It is nice to live in exciting times, and important not to end up in the Nile. May they have peace and better times in Egypt soon!

Shanghai Scrap (2/1/11):

Comparing Egypt and China ­ wrong questions, meaningless answers

Sign in Arabic and Chinese

From Language Log

聖誕節國際新聞

十二月 27, 2009

domestic product

gross domestic christmas news
polished china shining bright
liu xiaobo eleven years
years of gross domestic growth
everything looks promising

MW December 2009

http://chinadigitaltimes.net/2009/12/liu-xiaobo-sentenced-to-eleven-years/

http://china.huanqiu.com/roll/2009-12/654476.html

长城

我孑然的身子,
彳亍在万里长城上
饥饿侮辱着我的尊严
我向我的民族伸出了手
巴掌打在我的脸上
指印烙在我的心上
我捶着这悠久历史的脊骨
为昨天流泪
为今天号哭

黄翔            1962

Die Grosse Mauer

Eine einsame Figur
Wandert auf der Grossen Mauer
Der Hunger beleidigt meine Würde
Ich streck’ die Hand aus nach meiner Nation
Ohrfeigen sind meine Antwort
Fingerabdrücke brennen ins Herz
Ich klopf an das Rückgrat dieser langen Geschichte
Und weine für Gestern
Und heule für Morgen

Huang Xiang            1962
MW 2006 übersetzt

1

我是一次呼喊
从堆在我周围的狂怒
岁月中传来

2

我是被粉碎的钻石
每一颗碎粒中都有一个太阳

3

我是我    我是我的死亡的讣告
我将从死中赎回我自己

黄翔        1978年10月11日于北京民主墙揭幕日

ICH

1

Ich bin ein Schrei aus der Wut all der Jahre, aufgetürmt rings um mich.

2

Ich bin ein zersplitterter Diamant.
In jedem Bruchstück ist eine Sonne.

3

Ich bin ich. Ich bin meine Todesnachricht.
Ich löse mich ein und komm’ wieder zurück.

Huang Xiang                1978, zur Eröffnung der Demokratiemauer in Peking

MW 2006 übersetzt

http://mclc.osu.edu/rc/pubs/huangxiang.htm

Liu Xiaobo trial


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