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EIFFEL TOWER

八月 15, 2017

EIFFEL TOWER

Going up the Eiffel tower
means walking up all the way
to the second platform
if you don’t have a ticket beforehand
and want to wait in the shortest line
at the south tier, which still takes an hour.
That is after you stood in line
and went through security
to get onto the square under the tower.
So the line takes an hour at least.
Then it costs 7 Euro per adult, 5 if you’re under 19,
3 under 10. That’s for walking up.
And we had walked all the way from the Louvre.
Through the Tuileries, took a left at the Obelisk
to get over the Seine. The Orangerie museum
looks interesting. We had already seen sculptures
by Germaine Richier and others in the Tuileries park.
I remember a sculpture by her in Bilbao at the art museum.
Would have loved to get a closer look in the Tuileries,
but they don’t let you walk on the grass. Weird sculptures,
not at all like the one in Bilbao. We had of course seen the Venus of Milo
and the winged Nike of Samothrake. No, those aren’t cereals.
And a hermaphrodite, son of Hermes and Aphrodite,
merged with a Nymph by Zeus at her urgent request.
Yes, male and female organs. Many, many Aphrodites,
many clothed, actually. Artemis, Pallas,
and all the men. Marsyas, soon to be flayed.
Not to speak of the paintings. Or the old Egypt stuff,
very well organized, shows daily life, work
and many, many details
from 4000 years ago and so on. Better than in Vienna.
Lots of busts and other stuff from Palmyra,
many other places in Syria. Yemen, too.
A whole room from Palmyra.
Anyway, up on the Eiffel tower.
Thousands of people up there at night.
Very special feeling. We had lunched in the park,
there is a place with benches on a little hill
very close to the tower. Yuhuan started sketching,
Including the lamppost in front of us. Everyone else flew
paper planes and ate and drank what was there
from the small supermarket
around the corner. Lunch at seven thirty or eight.
We came home to the hotel at two o’clock in the morning.
Subway at Bir Hakeim, not very close.
But interesting and working late. Some people get in free.
We are content with smuggling in a small child every time.
People ask for centimes when they’re asking for money.
Very polite, actually. Centimes, from the old currency.
Probably means fifty Euro cents now. I think one was asking for less
when I had my hands full this morning with groceries from the bakery
after getting up before noon. No, you don’t really notice
the permanent state of emergency
more than the propaganda for 2024,
for the Olympics. They made a deal with Los Angeles, right?
One comes first, one four years later.
Whatever. Should really eat something now.

MW August 2017



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Yi Sha 伊沙: RECOGNIZED 《辨认》- POEMS FROM SEPT. 2014

十月 19, 2014

Yi Sha
IN BURLINGTON AUF DER STRASSE

in burlington auf der straße
muss ich daran denken
wie ich vor 12 jahren
nach nordeuropa kam
das erste mal im ausland
das gleiche gefühl
hier wohnen die leute
so viele im wohlstand
im eigenen holzbaukasten
fast wie im märchen
ich denk an meine leute
mietsklaven sind wir ein ganzes leben
nur um unser plätzchen zu finden
im bienenstock in einem wohnblock
12 jahre später
hör ich das vaterland ist so viel stärker geworden
ich will plötzlich heulen ….

vaterland, in zwei tagen
ist dein geburtstag
auch ich war stolz
das du groß und stark bist
ich hab mitgesungen
jetzt kannst du mir erlauben
dass ich mich schäme
dass ich traurig bin

28. September 2014
Übers. v. MW, 2015

Yi Sha
ICH SCHWÖRE

wer ganz ohne zweifel
als guter mensch gilt
von allen anerkannt
du
er
oder sie
wag es und zeig mir einen
sofort kann ich sagen
ihr seid schlechte menschen
in einer hinsicht

Sept. 2014
Übers. v. MW, 2015

Yi Sha
I SWEAR

whoever is acknowledged by all
without any doubt
as a good person
you
him
or her
as soon as you dare
to point out one
I can say each of you
is a bad person
in that point at least

Sept. 2014
Tr. MW, Oct. 2014

Yi Sha
ERKANNT

am frühen morgen
auf fremden straßen im ausland
sie machen ihre übungen
du gehst ihnen entgegen und jeder grüßt dich
wer dich ignoriert
hat ein gesicht aus ostasien
kein japaner
kein koreaner
auch kein taiwaner
keiner aus hongkong
es ist auf jeden fall jemand wie du
vom chinesischen festland
ihr seid wie hunde
erschnuppert den duft den ihr gemein habt
“an den rändern des himmels, den klippen der erde
muss ich euch noch treffen
ein rudel hundsfötter
stinkender
heuschrecken!”

28. Sept. 2014
Übers. v. MW, 2015

Yi Sha
RECOGNIZED

early morning
walking on foreign streets
people doing their exercise
when you walk up everyone greets you
the only one who doesn’t look at you
he must be asian
not a japanese
not a korean
not a taiwanese
not a hongkonger
he could only be your compatriot
from the great chinese mainland
just like a dog
sniffs out the one scent we’ve in common
“what the fuck for have I made it all the way here
to the edge of the world
so I can run into
one stinking swarm of you
locusts!”

Sept. 28, 2014 in Burlington, Vt
Tr. MW, Oct. 2014 in Johnson, Vt

Yi Sha
DREAM 452

my high school friend huang wenzhen
lives in melbourne, australia
last night I dreamed of her
she sits in a park
in the middle of a street
in australia
her clothes are all black
just like a witch
knows everything in the universe
I walk up to her
I’m sitting down
facing her
I ask her
what happened exactly
that time in our puberty

Sept. 2014
Tr. MW, Oct. 2014

Yi Sha
DREAM #453: ON THE RUN

I am on the run

I run to my relative
he gives me a key
I can stay in his backyard
in a house made of glass …

I run to a woman
she is all smiles and takes me with her
to go see her husband
who is the kitchen chef
at public security …

I am crying
on the street in pouring rain
a helpless child
bawling
all through the rain

Sept. 2014
Tr. MW, Oct. 2014

Yi Sha Sept. 2014


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