Posts Tagged ‘friendship’

FRIEDENSPREIS – 曾入龍

十二月 15, 2017

Zeng Rulong
FRIEDENSPREIS

2015 hat Mugabe einen gewissen Friedenspreis erhalten und ihn nicht angenommen.
2017 ist Mugabe abgetreten.

“Das kommt davon, dass er den Preis abgelehnt hat”,
an einem bestimmten Tag
im November 2017
hat ein gewisser Juror
des erwähnten Friedenspreises
diese Worte gesagt.

Übersetzt von MW im Dezember 2017

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POSTCARD FROM BAKIO

八月 16, 2017

POSTCARD

We are in Bakio.
Life is perfect.
Life is precarious, as everywhere.
Life is perfect.
Waves.
Special climate.
Not too hot.
We came to Bilbao
from Barcelona.
In this region, too
history means
resistance and independence.
Bakio has a new leftist mayor.
Bakio is a mid-sized town.
Summer houses.
Summer apartments.
Some things all year.
Bigger waves in winter.
The sea claims back
the old beachline.
Life is perfect.
The church of San Juan
up on that rock not very far
two hours on foot
less if you hurry
is in Game of Thrones.
Only there it’s a palace.
See you soon!

MW August 2017

MARRIAGE POEM FOR ANNE-LAURE & NOEL

八月 13, 2017

FOR ANNE-LAURE AND NOEL

People are roses, people are leaves.
Marriage is
planting a flower,
tilling a field,
repairing a tractor.
Or using another one.
Experience helps,
although you always hope
it works the first time.
People are flowers, people are stars.
Marriage is
falling
back on each other,
each other’ s friends and family.
Anne-Laure and Noel,
we wish you the moon
and the sun forever
as beautiful as they are here.
We love you. Take care!

MW August 2017

SOME TIME LATE AT NIGHT – IRGENDWANN IN DER NACHT

六月 10, 2017

Photo by Gudrun Kollegger

IRGENDWANN IN DER NACHT

irgendwann in der nacht
fängt der mond an zu singen
wenn er voll ist und sich
hinter wolken versteckt

MW Juni 2017

SOME TIME LATE AT NIGHT

some time late at night
the moon starts to sing
when she’s full of drink
and hides behind clouds

MW June 2017

Photo by Gudrun Kollegger

Photo by Gudrun Kollegger

AUF WIEDERSEHEN, TAIWAN! 又說再見了! GOODBYE TAIWAN!

十二月 2, 2016

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GOODBYE TAIWAN!

These few days in Taiwan
meeting so many friends,
very precious time.
It has been almost 30 years
since I first was in Taiwan.
These few days we’ve met many authors
and fellow translators.
We also met the poet Hung Hung.
There are people in Taiwan
who meet Hung Hung every day,
and even Le Tian,
Hung Hung’s little child.
Le means to laugh, Tian is the sky.
Last night Le Tian got to meet me.
Holding him
was like holding my children
ten years ago.
We lived in Beijing, where they were born.
Tonight I am leaving Taiwan.
What if I could stay?
Nowadays in a few ways
Taiwan is doing better than Austria.
No resurgent Rightists.
First female president,
some social progress.
Very clear progress
since thirty years ago.
Taiwan is doing better right now
than Europe and USA.
Maybe like Canada,
although Taiwan is rather small.
Half the size of Austria.
But to be able to face your history,
to induce progress in your society,
these things are very precious indeed.
Please take care!
Hope we meet again soon!

MW November 2016

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AUF WIEDERSEHEN, TAIWAN!

die paar tage in taiwan
waren so voller freunde,
sehr, sehr kostbare tage.
manche freunde kenn ich fast 30 jahre.
autoren, autorinnen hab ich getroffen,
übersetzerinnen und übersetzer,
am letzten abend den dichter hung hung.
ein paar menschen in taiwan
treffen hung hung jeden tag,
und sogar lö tiän, seinen sohn.
lö tiän bedeutet den himmel anlachen.
gestern hat der kleine mich angelacht.
lö tiän im arm halten ist wie vor jahren
meine kleinkinder halten,
vor zehn jahren in peking.
heute abend verlasse ich taiwan.
und wenn ich bleiben könnte?
taiwan geht es heute in mancher hinsicht
besser als österreich.
keine rechtsextremen im höhenflug,
die erste frau an der spitze,
fortschritte in der gesellschaft.
große fortschritte, in vieler hinsicht
auf jeden fall in 30 jahren.
heutzutage gehts taiwan besser
als der usa und europa,
vergleichbar mit kanada, eventuell,
obwohl taiwan recht klein ist.
halb so groß wie österreich.
deiner geschichte ins gesicht schauen können,
in deiner gesellschaft fortschritt erzeugen
sind sehr, sehr kostbare dinge.
passt auf euch auf, liebe freunde!
auf ein baldiges wiedersehn!

MW November 2016

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又說再見了!

 

這几天在台灣
碰到很多朋友
非常難得。
有的認試快三十年了。
這几天碰到很多作家
很多譯着同事
還碰到詩人鴻鴻。
在台灣有人
天天碰到鴻鴻
也碰到楽天
鴻鴻的小兒子。
昨天楽天碰到我。
抱着他像十年前
抱着自己的孩子。
那時候在北京。
今天晚上我離開台灣。
如果能留下會怎麽様?
台灣目前有些方面
比奥地利好。
没有崛起的右派。
有第一位女總统,
社會有一些進步。
總共很多方面
比三十年前進步蠻大了。
目前台灣好像比歐洲美国都好,
也许有點像加拿大,
雖然台灣很小,
半個奥地利面積。
能够面對自己的歷史,
能够促進社會改造
都非常難得的。
請朋友多保重!
希望早點再見!

2016.11.21

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NIGHT ROAMING, LAST EVENING IN LUYE 《夜游》、《鹿野最後一晚上》

十二月 2, 2016

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NIGHT ROAMING

Tonight here in Luye
Muhammad Ali
sails very close to the earth.
His closest call since 1948, so they say.
He takes place in a translator’s workshop
in this small town near Taitung.
Muhammad Ali feels lik in paradise,
stings like a butterfly,
dances like bees.
Wasn’t it otherwise?
Doesn’t matter
tonight here in Luye.

MW November 2016

 

《夜游》

今天晚上
是拳王阿里
离地球最近的一夜
六十多年只有這麽一次
他在台東鹿野龍田
参加翻譯會議
拳王阿里非常高興
跳舞像蜜蜂
刺像蝴蝶
是反过来的吧
今天晚上没關系

2016.11.14

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LAST EVENING IN LUYE

For a moment blue sky
is a monkey raging with fire;
a sailboat another moment,
then there are stars.
There was a rainbow,
motorcycle lights on a gate.
It’s a small church
across the road from our hotel,
haven’t noticed it in these few days.
Very low-key church,
like this low-key town
in south-eastern Taiwan.
Just started to get used to this place.
Tomorrow we’re going back to Taipei.

MW 11/18/16

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鹿野最後一晚上

晚上苍天一時
變成怒火的猴子
一會儿也没了
晚霞像帆船
星星出來了
刚才看到彩虹
摩托車ͺ 汽車的灯
照上鐡門
是个小教堂
我们民俗斜對面
这几天没発现。
很低调的教堂,
像台東鹿野龍田
這個地區
在台灣也許很低调。
剛剛開始熟悉,
明天早上要走了。

2016.11.18

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再見了! TAKE CARE!

十一月 21, 2016
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Photo by Minya Lin

又說再見了!

這几天在台灣
碰到很多朋友
非常難得。
有的認試快三十年了。
這几天碰到很多作家
很多譯着同事
還碰到詩人鴻鴻。
在台灣有人
天天碰到鴻鴻
也碰到楽天
鴻鴻的小兒子。
昨天楽天碰到我。
抱着他像十年前
抱着自己的孩子。
那時候在北京。
今天晚上我離開台灣。
如果能留下會怎麽様?
台灣目前有些方面
比奥地利好。
没有崛起的右派。
有第一位女總统,
社會有一些進步。
總共很多方面
比三十年前進步蠻大了。
目前台灣好像比歐洲美国都好,
也许有點像加拿大,
雖然台灣很小,
半個奥地利面積。
能够面對自己的歷史,
能够促進社會改造
都非常難得的。
請朋友多保重!
希望早點再見!

2016/11

 

Leicht gesagt, denk ich mir bei manchen Aussagen aus Österreich. Bin gerade in Taiwan. Manches ist besser. Vieles ist besser als vor 30 Jahren. Ganz, ganz deutlicher Fortschritt. Zeitgeschichte wird aufgearbeitet. In Österreich hat erst Vranitzky über 40 Jahre nach Kriegsende die Verantwortung für die Shoa,
für all die furchtbaren Greuel zugegeben. Obwohl vorher schon ein Jude 13 Jahre Bundeskanzler war. In Taiwan war 40 Jahre Kriegsrecht. 1947-1987. 1991 hat Präsident Lee Teng-hui die Verantwortung der Regierung für das Massaker von 1947 zugegeben und sich bei den Angehörigen der Opfer entschuldigt. In Österreich hat man vor 30 Jahren endlich das Vergessen der Verantwortung aufgegeben. Das haben viele damals geglaubt. Es hat auch gestimmt. Aber jetzt hat Österreich auch schon fast seit 30 Jahren vergessen, worauf die 2. Republik basiert. Thomas Bernhard und Elfriede Jelinek und so weiter hatten und haben leider recht. Mein eigenes Schreiben kommt von Ernst Jandl her. Die radikale Kritik in den Werken vieler Schriftsteller kommt für mich von der Hoffnung, dass es irgendwie möglich sein könnte, sich der Verantwortung zu stellen. Immer noch leicht gesagt, ich weiß.

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Photo by Minya Lin

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Photo by Cornelia Kuan

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STANDING IN LINE – 徐江

九月 18, 2016

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Xu Jiang
STANDING IN LINE

Born in the 1960s
we all have this experience
waiting in a long line
at the grain store in autumn
with buckets and baskets
to be able to buy sweet potatoes
sold according to population.

Two or three columns in a long line
almost every column
will have a classmate of yours
but while you’re waiting in line
some people won’t talk anymore
they just stand there in silence
as if they had never known you.

Tr. MW, September 2016

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DREAM #791 – 伊沙 – TRAUM 791

六月 10, 2016

Yi Sha doest

 

Yi Sha 《梦(791)》
DREAM #791

Austrian poet and translator
Martin Winter
visits China again;
returns to old Chang’an,
gets a job at my university.
Finds a girlfriend
(no boobs and no brain);
she goes to Baoji with him
for a poetry festival,
upon returning complains:
“Professor Yi,
because you weren’t there,
they didn’t respect our Martin
like he deserves …”
I feel rather awkward,
and have to tell her:
“What do mean, our Martin?”
What are you to him?
You are not even a proper mistress,
you are a fill-in at best …”

June 2016
Tr. MW, June 2016

 

Yi Sha 《梦(791)》
TRAUM 791

der österreichische dichter
und übersetzer martin winter
besucht wieder china
und mein altes chang’an
wird angeheuert von meiner uni
findet eine freundin
ohne hirn und ohne brüste
sie geht mit ihm nach baoji
dort ist ein poesiefestival
nachher kommt sie sich beschweren:
“professor yi sha, weil sie nicht dort waren,
haben die unseren martin nicht respektiert.”
es ist mir peinlich,
ich muss sie zurechtweisen:
“bitte vergessen sie nicht wer sie sind.
sie sind kein teil seiner familie.
sie sind nicht einmal eine konkubine,
allerhöchstens eine freundin auf zeit …”

Juni 2016
Übersetzt von MW im Juni 2016

《梦(791)》

奥地利诗人
翻译家维马丁
重访中国
再访长安
受聘于西外
交了个
无脑无胸的
女朋友
她随他去宝鸡
参加了个诗会
回来向我报怨:
"伊沙老师
你不去
他们可不把
我们家马丁
当回事儿了⋯⋯"
我听着别扭
教训她说:
"请你摆正自己位置
什么我们家马丁
你连人家的小三
都算不上
顶多是个临时女友⋯⋯"

Yi Sha rastet

KOREANISCHE KOMMILITONEN – 伊沙 Yi Sha

五月 9, 2016

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Yi Sha
KOREANISCHE KOMMILITONEN

Xu Gangtie war der Sohn des Bürgermeisters von Pjöngjang.
Jiang Yongzhe war der Sohn des Hofmalers von Kim Il-sung.

Jiang ist mir mehr im Gedächtnis geblieben.
Einmal in Politik und Ökonomie
sagte der Vortragende,
Kapitalismus sei stärker als Sozialismus,
siehe Taiwan und Festland-China,
BRD und DDR,
Südkorea und Nordkorea.
Er hatte kaum “Korea” gesagt,
da schoss Jiang nach vorne
(er stolperte noch auf dem Weg)
und hielt eine flammende Rede.
Er war auch ein tapferer Stürmer
in unserem Team der Chinesischabteilung,
“Acht Vereinigte Mächte”.

Xu spielte nicht bei uns mit.
Er vergnügte sich mit einer Französin,
bis Jiang ihn verriet.
Dazu kam noch ein zweites Verbrechen:
Schwarzwechseln.
Die beiden verschwanden aus unserer Sicht.
Xu durfte angeblich nie mehr ins Ausland.
Jiang fuhr zur Belohnung in die CSSR.

Ich weiß nicht wie es den beiden jetzt geht.
Leben sie noch? Hoffentlich sind sie am Leben,
nicht von Hunden zerrissen, von Kanonen zerfetzt.
Im Rückblick schauderts mich noch.
Zum Glück hat das Schiff, auf dem wir gefahren sind,
uns in eine andere Richtung getragen,
als das Boot, das sie mitgenommen hat.
Der Anstrich war jedenfalls ebenso rot.

Mai 2016
Übersetzt von MW im Mai 2016

 

《我的朝鲜同学》

许钢铁是平壤市长的儿子
姜永哲是金日成御用画师的儿子

令我印象更深的是姜
有一次上政治经济学
老师说:社会主义不如资本主义
以大陆、台湾作比较
以东西两德作比较
以北南朝鲜作比较
话音未落
姜冲上台去
(途中还绊了一跤)
慷慨激昂地演讲一通
他还是被称为"八国联军"的
中文系男足队的主力前锋
球风勇猛

许不跟我们玩
他只跟一位法国女留学生玩
结果被姜告发了
罪名还有一条:倒外汇
他俩双双消失在我们的视野中
听说许被禁止出国
姜则告发有功
被奖励到捷克留学去了

我不知他们现在如何
还活着吗?活着就好
未被犬决和炮决就好
同时也感到有点后怕
幸亏我们所搭的大船
与他们所乘的小船
虽同样被漆成红色
但航向却并不相同

CHRISTIANS IN HOSPITAL – 君儿

四月 28, 2016

Jun Er neu

Jun Er
THREE CHRISTIANS VISIT A FRIEND IN HOSPITAL

Gathered round the bed,
they are praying.
Each one in turn,
all different too.

Then they are singing,
they sing the same tune,
the words seem to match.
At the end they say amen.

Their friend and brother
has Parkinson’s disease.
He sits on the white linen,
keeps shaking and shaking his head.

Tr. MW, 2016

Jun Er Parkinson

SPRING IS A WONDERFUL SEASON – April 15, 2016 in Vienna. #Schutzbefohlene *

四月 15, 2016

Hauptbahnhof

SPRING IS A WONDERFUL SEASON

April 15, 2016 in Vienna. #Schutzbefohlene *
Spring is a wonderful season,
trees spilling their green.
Some are cut, some are planted.
Downstairs across they are planting a park,
used to be train tracks.

Last year we had refugees at the station.

Spring is a wonderful season.

They said it was 90,000 people or so
in all of Austria,
mostly in a few months,
who wanted to stay in this country.
Ten times more went on to Germany.
So many people wanted to help.
Train workers, even police.
Volunteers, often more than enough.
We live in the neighbourhood.
My daughter Maia went down to play with the refugee children.
After a while she knew the volunteers.
It was safe.
The refugees staid down by the station.
Some people from our house took in refugees.

There was discussion to use the shop,
the empty shop downstairs in this new house,
for refugee quarters.
Just for the winter.
That shop has bathrooms and everything.

But then they closed down at the station.
It was in December.
They took them with buses, they said, from the border.
On to Germany.
If you said you wanted Germany, they let you in.
They were building a fence.
So in December, the station was empty.
Maybe Mid-December.
No quarters in our house.
But people still coming in.
Coming up through the Balkans, used to be Yugoslavia.

In early January we played Tarot down in the library.
We have a library in our house.
And we play cards, for a few pennies.
On Friday nights.
We have had readings, and even theatre.
Gudrun and Peter, they built a stage.
Downstairs in the big common room.
We had a night reciting Bob Dylan.
Down you masters of war.

But then in January, there was Cologne.
In Cologne at the train station, on New Year’s Night.
Hundreds of women harassed.
Raped, one or two.
Many foreign men there at the train station.
Not enough police, or police doing nothing.
We should discuss this, one of us said.
We had been playing cards.
What is there to discuss, there ‘s not much in the news.
Maybe social networks did play a role.
I want to discuss this.
These refugees becoming a problem.
What is there to discuss, there’s not much in the news.
These refugees becoming a problem.
A discussion is stupid, without any facts.
So one of us went away in a huff.

Later I was away, I was in China.
In southern China, a poetry trip.
From southern China to Southeast Asia.
Self-organized.
The year before they went to Vietnam.
Wrote some good poetry.
Vietnam wars in the background,
including China attacking Vietnam.
And other stuff, daily life.
Morning routine.

This year I went with them through Southeast Asia.
Poets from all over China. 16 or 17.
One or two guides.
Guides of Chinese extraction.
Thailand, Singapore. And Malaysia.
Then back to Nanning, to southern China.

Poetry meetings, almost every night.
Sometimes more.
One time in the airport.
Plane was delayed, nothing better to do, call a poetry meeting.
Poems written there on the road.

Yi Sha has this dream, before every border.
Dreaming they won’t let him through.
Normally he writes down all his dreams.
Makes for good poetry.
But not this time, he was afraid.
Only when we were safe in Malaysia.

They had a crackdown, in Kuala Lumpur.
There was an attack in Indonesia.
Muslim majority in Malaysia, too.
If the father is Muslim, the child has to be Muslim.
Not Chinese or anything else.
It was not like this before.
At least according to our guide.
They have elections and a Sultan.
Or they call him a King, at least in Chinese.

It’s a beautiful country.
Tribes in the woods.
Our guide lived with a tribe for a week.
For a project at university.
She was very young, has a small child.
She speaks Fukien Chinese.
Mandarin with the tourists, of course.
Liked to talk about sex.
Malaysian men with many wives.
Just a few Muslims, who can afford it.

On February first, I came back to Austria.
Refugees still coming, though not so many.
News had been shifting.
Creating a climate against refugees.
We put a limit on loving our neighbours.
That was a poster.
The foreign minister, he’s very young.
The interior ministress.
She’s not there any more now, she’ll become governess.
Governor of Lower Austria.
And the candidate.
Their candidate for Federal President.

President is just a figurehead here.
Like in Germany.
In Germany, he is elected in parliament.
So he is from the majority party.
He or she.

In Austria, everyone votes for the President.
Everyone should.
Everyone is automatically registered, every citizen.
Nowadays you can vote in advance.
Local district office.
Ballot per mail, or there at the office.
That guy for limits on loving your neighbour won’t make it.
He’s trailing far behind in the polls.
But his policies are federal policy.

They let that happen, the Social Democrats.
They are the majority.
But they let it happen, they are just like the rightists.
News had been shifting.
These refugees becoming a problem.
Some Social Democrats work with the Rightists.
Those other Rightists.
That Freedom Party.
Some Neo-Nazis.
Some Neo-Nazis cling to this party.
Some were just Liberals.
In the 1980s they were for joining the European Community.
Anyway now they are shameless Rightists.
Austria should not be ashamed, they proclaim.
Including old Nazis, including SS.

And Social Democrats think they should work with them.
But they are trailing, the Social Democrats.
Maybe their candidate will fall behind,
though not as far as the one with the limits.
They are far behind, both of them.

Three candidates are in front.
Front-runner is from the Green Party.
They always were for refugees.
And there is a woman.
Not from a party.
A former judge.
Liberal views, for the economy.
Definitely not from the Left.
Those two were leading.
But Freedom Party candidate is closing up.

No, he doesn’t say we are all Germans.
Though he says many things.
Austrians first, don’t be ashamed.
Don’t be ashamed of anything.
Works better than just talk about limits.

So I’ve voted already, ten days in advance.

I’m afraid.
That Freedom guy is worse than Trump.
Similar causes why they are so popular.

Austria is very small.
President is just a figurehead.
But I’m afraid.

Austria becomes Hungary.
Headline in Switzerland, two days ago.
Rightist government, fences.
Italy protesting, not only Greece.
Against Austria, in the EU.

EU has been weak.
Rightist reactions in Eastern Europe.
Rightist rhetoric against refugees.
From Social Democrats, some of them.
EU is weak, was very weak in the Yugoslav wars.

Mid-April sun is shining outside.
Spring is a beautiful season,
trees spilling their green.
Some are cut, some are planted.
Downstairs across they are planting a park.

Martin Winter
April 15, 2016
*Schutzbefohlene means people placed under protection. It is the title of a play by Elfriede Jelinek, the Austrian author who won the Nobel prize for literature in 2004. She wrote the play in 2013. It was performed, by refugees, at University of Vienna on April 14, 2016, when a group of rightists stormed the stage. They sprayed red paint and reportedly injured performers, including children. I wrote the long poem above on Friday morning, April 15. I had not been at the performance and knew nothing about the incident before my text was finished. But I think my text works as background reading, at least.

 

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GOD – for David Howard

三月 18, 2016

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GOD

god is for humans
god is for earthquakes
god is for bishops
god’s for the birds
god is for pawns
god is for efforts
god is for nothing
god’s beyond words

MW 3/16/16
For David Howard

Dav

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ICH SCHREIB EIN GEDICHT UND DENK MIR MEINEN TOD AUS – 芽子

三月 15, 2016

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ICH SCHREIB EIN GEDICHT UND DENK MIR MEINEN TOD AUS

ich liege in meinem kristallenen sarg
flammen küssen mich am ganzen körper
dann kommt eine schaufel mit heißer asche

meine mutter ist mehrmals in ohnmacht gefallen
steht wie eine puppe liegt wieder am boden
ich seh freundinnen kommen ins leben zurück
stehaufmännchen und stehaufweibchen

nur ich liege friedlich
kein weinen kein lachen

ich sehe männer die mit mir im bett waren
sie lieben mich oder sie lieben mich nicht
ihre gesichter sind kompliziert
ich kann keinen mehr umarmen

ihr steht an meinem kristallenen sarg
heulend und schluchzend
ich will aber nicht euer leben

ich bin in meinem kristallenen sarg
in ruhe in frieden geordnet in schönheit
ganz wie eine braut

Übersetzt von MW im März 2016

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南行记: FROM SOUTHERN CHINA THROUGH SOUTHEAST ASIA 

二月 18, 2016

南行记: FROM SOUTHERN CHINA THROUGH SOUTHEAST ASIA

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THE MOON IS FASTER THAN OTHER PEOPLE

people are slow here
says our guide
you have to get used to them
then it’s dark in a jump
and the moon climbs very fast
to her highest position
guess she is happy
to serve Chinese tour groups
so these few years
she runs faster and faster

January 2016

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SLEEPING PALACE

actually the palace is very still
tourists stream in and out
serious people stay in their pictures
the palace is sleeping
in history

Bangkok, January 2016

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IN THE EMPORIUM OF PRECIOUS STONES

In the emporium of precious stones
there is a smoking room,
looks a bit like a prison.
Men who need separation
quietly gather,
with their heavy hearts
just for a short spell;
then go on buying things.

January 2016

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TRANSVESTITES IN THAILAND

“Some are half-demon,
half-demon, half human.”
I am sure our guide is a man.
He is open-minded, just like his country.
“We in China this, China that …”
I wish his China was a real country.

MW January 2016

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VACATION

Let us go diving into the deep.
Last year in August
someone in Tianjin
said one thousand people had died.
He was put in jail.
Let us go diving.
Elections this year in Taiwan,
first female president.
Let’s go now, let’s go.
These few days
someone gave an interview
voice of freedom or something.
Said the city he lived in
was not free,
autonomous region was not autonomous.
Let us go diving now.
He got fourteen years.
He wasn’t the first.
Let’s go now, go.
There’ll be other things
planned for the afternoon.

January 2016

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SHE HAS TO BE PERFECT

In Singapore
we have a new guide.
Her name means “swallow”.
She explains about their laws.
Sounds a bit like Thailand
talks about Buddhism.

“You have to be careful,
you can’t just sit down anywhere.”

We get in very late
but we still call a reading.
Across the street from the hotel
you can sit outside,
you can even smoke.
Long as you don’t toss the butt.
When you order a beer,
one bottle per person may be too much.

Where is the moon?
In Singapore
she obeys the law to the letter,
otherwise they beat her behind.
She steps out of the clouds
in her most perfect poise.

January 2016

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POETRY READING IS GOOD

Poetry Reading’s good,
Poetry Reading’s good.
In our New Poetry Canon, people’s dignity is high.
System clique’s in the dregs,
state-sanctioned writers scurry with their tails between their legs!

January 2016 (to the tune of Socialism Is Good)

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MOSQUE & CASINO

Mosque and casino
both have Adam and Eve.
The casino in Singapore
at the Botanical Garden
greets you with Dali and with Botero.
Botero’s sculptures Adam and Eve
at the gate of the casino.
What would the artist think of this sight?
Art is a rather ambivalent thing.
Poetry makes you a better person?
The mosque in Malaysia’s government district
is a sight to behold.
I am folding my hands.
An old lady asks me if I am a Muslim.
I just bow and keep silent,
so she lets me go in
and helps me taking pictures.
She sees I don’t know how to pray
so she gives me a folder and tries to explain.
There’ll be prayer time in forty minutes.
Men at the bottom, women up there.
She hopes I can make it.
The folder says
Adam and Eve were also Muslims.
Adam was the first Prophet.
The Mosque has Quran editions in English.
I flip through a section.
Allah bestows many signs on mankind.
Sleep is also a sign,
along with creation
and languages and different colours.
We haven’t had enough sleep on this trip.
Soaring up with my eyes,
I think being a Muslim is good.
I know why it’s forbidden to make any idols.
Half an hour later we are drinking beer.
I am still a believer
in beauty in art.
Poetry and art are signs of Allah.

January 2016

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HEROES’ MONUMENT OF MALAYSIA

Was it a glorious thing when they died?
Did they go to war
for peace and freedom?
In World War I
In World War II
In civil war
they hardly had any choice.
In 1966
Malaysia’s prime minister had them erected
a park of monuments.
They already had one from World War I.
With names from Europe, also from India.
Probably officers.
To make this park for all those who died,
all those who gave their lives in the wars.
In 1966.
I was born in that year.
Maybe this monument
was a good idea.

January 2016

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COMING BACK FROM ABROAD, LADEN WITH TREASURE

Coming back from abroad, laden with treasure.
Thanks everybody!
Thanks to Rong Bin,
to Niu Yihe, to 3A.
Thank you, Li Zhenyu.
You said my diarrhoea
was as fast as my poetry.
Thank you, Benben.
You made me eat Durian.
Thank you, Jun Er.
You bought me beer.
Thank you, Xiang Lianzi,
you offered me coffee.
Let’s all thank Jiang Tao
helping us to get back on the bus.
Thank you, Gao Ge
you helped me smuggle pillows.
Thank you, An Qi,
you helped me buy a mattress.
Thank you, Ru Ye,
we slept in one bed,
you recited erotic poetry for me.
Thank you, Xing Hao.
You sang praise to my body hair.
Thanks everyone for beautiful poetry.
Let’s say thanks to our guides,
A Fu and A Ping, Ms. Yan, Ms. Chen –
and on our last day
Mr. Chen, who had studied in Canada.
They taught us how to speak,
how to say thank you.
Kap kun ka – your credit card is empty.
Dai ni ma kan xi – take your mom to a theatre.
Our guides taught us history
and facts about Chinese minorities.
The Chinese platoon #93
in the Golden Triangle.
The Singapore Church of The Law.
Their story of independence.
The state of Malaysia,
elections and tribes.
Thank you, Yi Sha!
We had so many readings.
We broke every record.
We come back from the south,
laden with treasure.

January 2016

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《南行記》

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《月亮比别人快》

泰国月亮比别人快
导游说
这里人比较慢
你们要习惯
可天一下子就黑了。
月亮很快
爬得最高的位置。
我看月亮很积极
迎接中国的游客。
这几年大概
越来越快了。

2016. 1. 20

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《皇宫睡覺》

泰國皇宫其實很安静。
游客游來游去。
遗像的人物
都比較嚴肅。
皇宫睡覺
在歷史裏。

2016.1.21

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《寶石店吸煙室》

寶石店吸煙室
像臨時監獄。
需要隔開的男人
懷著沉重的氣氛
都自愿地集合。
關起來幾分鐘
然後繼續購物。

2016.1.22

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《泰国人妖》

“有的是半妖,
半人半妖。”
我们华裔导游
肯定全是人。
而且思想开放,
就像他的国家。
“我们中国
怎么样怎么样…”
但愿中国
真是他的国家。

2016.1.22

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《度假》

我们去潜水吧
去年八月份
有人说天津
死了一千
被关起来。
我们去潜水吧。
今年台灣选举
第一位女总统。
去吧, 去吧。
这几天
有人接受访问
自由之声
说他所在的城市
不自由
自治区不自治。
我们去潜水吧。
他被判十四年。
也不是第一人。
去吧, 去吧。
等到下午
还有别的项目。

2016.1.23

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《不敢不完美》

到了新加坡
燕子导游解释
最严格的法律
听来崇拜法规
像泰国拜佛。

到了旅馆很晚。
还是開詩會。
过马路坐外面
可以抽烟。
只要烟蒂不扔。
点啤酒不能
一人一次一瓶那么多。

月亮在哪儿
在新加坡
月亮遵守严厉法律
否则打她的后面
月亮出彩云
就剛恰当。

2016.1.25

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《詩會主義》

詩會主义好,
詩會主义好。
我们的新詩典人民地位高。
体制派被打倒,
作家协会夹着尾巴逃跑了。

2016.1.26

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《赌场跟清真寺》

赌场跟清真寺有什么关系?
都有亚当和夏娃。
新加坡植物园赌场
有西班牙、哥伦比亚
艺术家 DALI, BOTERO
的作品。
BOTERO 的雕塑亚当和夏娃
放在赌场门前
艺术家自己会怎么想?
艺术是很暧昧的东西。
诗歌让你做更好的人吗?
马来西亚行政中心大清真寺
非常壮观
老年纪女人让我进去做礼拜
問我是穆斯林吗
我沉默不否认
可以随便进去
也可以照相。
她看出来我不知道怎么祈祷
就給我指示, 还解释很多。
不到一个小时有礼拜的时间。
男士下面, 女士在上。
欢迎我参加。
她給我的手册裏寫着
亚当和夏娃是穆斯林。
亚当就是第一位先知。
清真寺裏有古兰经
英语版读一片段
上帝安拉給人类的指示。
睡觉也是安拉的指示,
像创造世界所有的现象
包括不同的肤色和语言。
这几天我们都睡觉太少。
站在让你眼睛翱翔的大厅
我愿意做穆斯林
并明白為什麽禁止做偶像。
半个小时以后我们喝啤酒。
我这个虔诚的穆斯林
崇拜艺术的美丽。
美丽就是安拉的指示。

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《马来西亚英雄纪念碑》

他死得很光荣吗?
他去打仗都是
為自由、 和平?
第一次世界大战
第二次世界大战
还有内战
他反正都是无奈的。
一九六六年
马来西亚首相让他们做
综合的纪念碑公园。
一战的碑已经有,
上面的名字都來自欧洲和印度。
給所有去打仗献出生命的同胞们
立纪念雕塑、 修一场公园
在我出生的一九六六年
也许好主义。

2016.1.28

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《從東南亞满载而歸》

从东南亚满载而归
谢谢大家
谢谢荣斌
牛依河、三个A
谢谢李振羽
说我寫詩跟拉稀一样快
谢谢笨笨
給我吃榴莲
谢谢君儿
給我买啤酒
谢谢湘莲子
催我喝咖啡
谢谢蒋涛
催大家上车
谢谢高歌
替我走私枕头
谢谢安琪
替我买床垫
谢谢如也
跟我过夜
读色情诗歌
谢谢邢昊
赞颂我的毛
等等
谢谢很多人寫我
谢谢导游
阿福阿平燕子小陈
还有最后一天
从加拿大留学回来的马来西亚导游
导游们教我们
怎么说谢谢
卡空卡
带你妈看戏
教我们
他们国家当代历史
和华人情况
金三角93军队
芭提雅人妖
新加坡崇拜法规
含泪宣布独立
马来西亚民族和选举
谢谢伊沙
到处開詩會
肯定破了记录
我们大家
满载而归

2016.1.29

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JOURNEY TO SOUTHEAST ASIA 《南行記》 part 1

二月 9, 2016
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JOURNEY TO SOUTHEAST ASIA《南行記》part 1


THE MOON IS FASTER THAN OTHER PEOPLE

people are slow here
says our guide 
you have to get used to them
then it's dark in a jump
and the moon climbs very fast 
to her highest position
guess she is happy
to serve Chinese tour groups
so these few years
she runs faster and faster 

January 2016

 

SLEEPING PALACE

actually the palace is very still

tourists stream in and out

serious people stay in their pictures

the palace is sleeping in history

Bangkok, January 2016

IN THE EMPORIUM OF PRECIOUS STONES

in the emporium of precious stones
there is a smoking room
looks a bit like a prison.
men who need separation
quietly gather
with their heavy hearts
just for a short spell
then go on buying things

January 2016

TRANSVESTITES IN THAILAND  

“some are half-demon, half-demon, half human.”

I am sure our guide is a man.

He is open-minded, just like his country.

“We in China this, China that …”

I wish his China was a real country.

January 2016

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VACATION

let us go diving into the deep.

last year in august someone in tianjin

said one thousand people had died.

he was put in jail.

let us go diving.

elections this year in taiwan.

first female president.

let’s go now, let’s go.

these few days someone gave an interview

voice of freedom or something

said the city he lived in

was not free

autonomous region was not autonomous.

let us go diving now.

he got fourteen years.

he wasn’t the first.

let’s go now, go.

there’ll be other things planned for the afternoon.

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《南行記》

 

《月亮比别人快》

泰国月亮比别人快
导游说
这里人比较慢
你们要习惯
可天一下子就黑了。
月亮很快
爬得最高的位置。
我看月亮很积极
迎接中国的游客。
这几年大概
越来越快了。

2016. 1. 20

 

《皇宫睡覺》

泰國皇宫其實很安静。
游客游來游去。
遗像的人物
都比較嚴肅。
皇宫睡覺
在歷史裏。

2016.1.21

 

《寶石店吸煙室》

寶石店吸煙室
像臨時監獄。
需要隔開的男人
懷著沉重的氣氛
都自愿地集合。
關起來幾分鐘
然後繼續購物。

2016.1.22

 

《泰国人妖》

“有的是半妖,
半人半妖。”
我们华裔导游
肯定全是人。
而且思想开放,
就像他的国家。
“我们中国
怎么样怎么样…”
但愿中国
真是他的国家。

2016.1.22

 

《度假》

我们去潜水吧
去年八月份
有人说天津
死了一千
被关起来。
我们去潜水吧。
今年台灣选举
第一位女总统。
去吧, 去吧。
这几天
有人接受访问
自由之声
说他所在的城市
不自由
自治区不自治。
我们去潜水吧。
他被判十四年。
也不是第一人。
去吧, 去吧。
等到下午
还有别的项目。

2016.1.23

 

《不敢不完美》

 

到了新加坡
燕子导游解释
最严格的法律
听来崇拜法规
像泰国拜佛。

到了旅馆很晚。
还是開詩會。
过马路坐外面
可以抽烟。
只要烟蒂不扔。
点啤酒不能
一人一次一瓶那么多。

月亮在哪儿
在新加坡
月亮遵守严厉法律
否则打她的后面
月亮出彩云
就剛恰当。

2016.1.25

 

《詩會主義》

詩會主义好,
詩會主义好。
我们的新詩典人民地位高。
体制派被打倒,
作家协会夹着尾巴逃跑了。

2016.1.26

 

《赌场跟清真寺》

赌场跟清真寺有什么关系?
都有亚当和夏娃。
新加坡植物园赌场
有西班牙、哥伦比亚
艺术家 DALI, BOTERO
的作品。
BOTERO 的雕塑亚当和夏娃
放在赌场门前
艺术家自己会怎么想?
艺术是很暧昧的东西。
诗歌让你做更好的人吗?
马来西亚行政中心大清真寺
非常壮观
老年纪女人让我进去做礼拜
問我是穆斯林吗
我沉默不否认
可以随便进去
也可以照相。
她看出来我不知道怎么祈祷
就給我指示, 还解释很多。
不到一个小时有礼拜的时间。
男士下面, 女士在上。
欢迎我参加。
她給我的手册裏寫着
亚当和夏娃是穆斯林。
亚当就是第一位先知。
清真寺裏有古兰经
英语版读一片段
上帝安拉給人类的指示。
睡觉也是安拉的指示,
像创造世界所有的现象
包括不同的肤色和语言。
这几天我们都睡觉太少。
站在让你眼睛翱翔的大厅
我愿意做穆斯林
并明白為什麽禁止做偶像。
半个小时以后我们喝啤酒。
我这个虔诚的穆斯林
崇拜艺术的美丽。
美丽就是安拉的指示。

 

2016.1.28 凌晨3:27

 

《马来西亚英雄纪念碑》

 

他死得很光荣吗?
他去打仗都是
為自由ͺ 和平?
第一次世界大战
第二次世界大战
还有内战
他反正都是无奈的。
一九六六年
马来西亚首相让他们做
综合的纪念碑公园。
一战的碑已经有,
上面的名字都來自欧洲和印度。
給所有去打仗献出生命的同胞们
立纪念雕塑、 修一场公园
在我出生的一九六六年
也许好主义。

2016.1.28

 

《從東南亞满载而歸》

 

从东南亚满载而归
谢谢大家
谢谢荣斌
谢谢李振羽
说我寫詩跟拉稀一样快
谢谢笨笨
給我吃榴莲
谢谢君儿
給我买啤酒
谢谢湘莲子
催我喝咖啡
谢谢蒋涛
催大家上车
谢谢高歌
替我走私枕头
谢谢安琪
替我买床垫
谢谢如也
跟我过夜
读色情诗歌
谢谢邢昊
赞颂我的毛
等等
谢谢很多人寫我
谢谢导游
阿福阿平燕子小陈
还有最后一天
从加拿大留学回来的马来西亚导游
导游们教我们
怎么说谢谢
卡空卡
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CHANG‘AN POESIEFEST IN DARMSTADT 达姆施塔特 – 法蘭克福長安詩歌節

十月 19, 2015

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《法蘭克福長安詩歌節》

法兰克福长安诗歌节
这次没有中国人
我朗诵廖亦武
新的长诗《监狱°寺庙》
德语版
还有我自己的《祈祷》
其他人拉手风琴
吹长笛
唱北欧拉脱维亚民歌
像中国街口
城市高速底下
几位老工人拉手风琴
两三个人
四个人
以诗歌的名义
以音乐的名义
团结起来
干杯
我也在他们桌下
中间
耶稣是这样说的吗?

2015.10.19

HORIZON

a smokestack
a chimney
a phone antenna
and a big tree
form lady liberty
maybe not

MW October 2015

Frankfurt3Bahnhof

BEI THOMAS & CORNELIA:Chang’an Poesiefest

wo 2 oder 3
oder auch 4
einander zuprosten
im namen der poesie
der musik
da bin ich mitten unter dem tisch

chang’an poesiefestival
diesmal ohne chinesen
in darmstadt bei frankfurt
ich lese liao yiwu
das neue lang-gedicht
MEIN GEFÄNGNIS. MEIN TEMPEL
aus der zeitschrift akzente
herausgegeben von herta müller
und mein GEBET
thomas spielt akkordeon
eine art knopfharmonika
cornelia querflöte
hauptsächlich arbeiterlieder
jackie singt lettische weisen
wir singen mit
fast wie wenn in china
unter der stadtautobahn
an einem neuen kanal
wo eine fabrik war
und jetzt teure wohnblöcke stehen
zwei, drei musik machen

chang’an poesiefestival
kommt natürlich aus xi’an
von yi sha gegründet
mit qin bazi & xidu heshang
& vielen anderen

chang’an poesiefestival
das gibt es an vielen anderen orten
nur nicht ohne yi sha
insgesamt über 200mal

private treffen mit poesie
das hat etwas von freiheit
es kommt mehr zur sprache
als auf großer bühne

wir haben auch so etwas gemacht

MW Oktober 2015

KOLIK

HORIZONT

ein rauchfang
ein schornstein
ein handymast
und ein großer baum
eine freiheitsstatue
oder auch nicht

MW Oktober 2015

《早上风景》

一条烟囱
一棵树

是一条烟囱吗?
一条电话天线
是这样说的吗?

一条电话天线
和一棵树

自由女神
也许不

2015.10.19

KOLIK 001

EIN GEDICHT

ein gedicht eine
berührung wen du
berührst weisst du nicht

MW Oktober 2015

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GÖTTLICHE WESEN – 西娃

九月 15, 2015

Xi Wa GOETTLICHE WESEN

Xi Wa
GÖTTLICHE WESEN LASSEN DICH WISSEN,
AUF VIELERLEI ARTEN, DASS ES SIE GIBT

wie eine papierfigur wirft sie sich auf mein bett,
zum wievielten mal?

in ihrem verdorrten familienleben
bedient sie ihren mann, macht den haushalt, verbringt ihre tage in liebesfilmen

zweimal, ihr mann war auf dienstreise
ist sie heimlich gerannt zu einem rendezvous
mit einem früheren freund, jedesmal, entweder auf dem weg
oder als sie gerade erst dort war
hat ihr mann angerufen
gleich gefragt wo sie sei

die ganzen tage als sie daheim war
hat er sie fast nie angerufen

jedesmal wenn sie so überrascht ist rennt sie zu mir,
sie fragt jedesmal: “gibt es da wirklich ein auge, das wacht über mich,
gibt es wirklich göttliche wesen?”
dieser mensch wie ausgesucht im augenblick
dieser mensch der immer sagt “was für ein zufall!”
dieser mensch der nie an göttliche wesen geglaubt hat
wie eine papierfigur wirft sie sich auf mein bett

2015

Xi Wa ren Sept. 2015

KONGTONG NOTES – 乌成

九月 4, 2015

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Wu Cheng
NOTES FROM KONGTONG MOUNTAIN

going down the mountain
martin winter
our translator from austria
he was still very fresh
jogged down the stairs
right in front of us
when he ran into people climbing up
he encouraged them
“summit is very close!”
we said to each other
encouraging people is very good
but what about fooling them
“you still need two hours
up to the summit”
maybe some would break down
could be martin heard us
at least he was laughing
he told the next group
“two hours up to the top!”

8/14/15

Tr. MW, Sept. 2015

Wu Cheng

Mit Wu Cheng

SO MANY – 很多

七月 29, 2015

SO MANY
– for T.

so many days we are alone
I am not alone I am married with kids
so many days we are alone

MW July 2015

 

很多
– 給T.

很多天我们都一個人了
很多天我有妻子有孩子
很多天我們都一個人了

2015/7

SO VIELE
– für T.

so viele tage sind wir allein
ich bin nicht allein ich hab frau und kinder
so viele tage sind wir allein

2015-7

DAS FLUGZEUG FLIEGT DER SONNE VORAUS

十月 27, 2014

das flugzeug fliegt der sonne voraus.
die sonne geht unter.
der mond ist ein strich,
eine feine weisse kurve.
der horizont leuchtet in blau,
hellgelb und weiss.
flug in die rosen-
farbene iris,
farben des feuers.
wenn ich an blumen denk,
denk ich an dich.
der himmel leuchtet
wir sind über rumänien,
irgendwo unten ist sibiu.
gestern abend war ich in kanada.
ich schau ins feuer
ein lagerfeuer war nicht genug
mit anna kubelik.
mit nick dem riesen,
mit seinen messern.
der horizont ist ein leuchtendes rot.
darüber schlieren,
schwarz und dann grün.
der horizont ist ein brennendes rot,
darüber orange,
schwarze schlieren:
grün sind die
grauschwarzen tücher
der wolken.
wir haben schwarze flügel die blinken,
dahinter:
der mond

MW Oktober 2014

Yi Sha 伊沙 READING IN TUCSON, ARIZONA 美国亞利桑图森朗诵会

十月 23, 2014
Photo by Michael Gessner

Photo by Michael Gessner

Yi Sha
READING AT TUCSON POETRY FESTIVAL: OCT. 25th, 2014

1) 《车过黄河》 CROSSING THE YELLOW RIVER
2) 《9/11 心里报告》 9/11 REPORT FROM THE COUCH
3) 《中国底层》 CHINA DOWN AT THE BOTTOM
4) 《性爱教育》 SEX EDUCATION
5) 《在美国使馆遭拒签》 HAVING MY VISA REFUSED
6) 《二 泉映月》 THE MOON REFLECTED IN SECOND SPRING
7) 《烟民萨达姆》 SADDAM THE SMOKER
8) 《进入美国》 ENTERING AMERICA
9) 《佛蒙特创作中心》 VERMONT STUDIO CENTER
10) 《一年》 ONE YEAR
11) 《在美国再忆钟品》IN AMERICA, THINKING OF ZHONG PIN
12) 《隔壁的歌声》 SONG FROM NEXT DOOR
13) 《梦(442)》 DREAM #442 (it is winter/ I’m in an internet cafe/ …)
14) 《佛州吟》 SONG OF VERMONT
15) 《烦人的鲁奖》 GODDAMN LU-PRIZE

Presented by Tucson Poet Laureate Rebecca Seiferle!

Bentley’s House of Coffee and Tea, 6-8 pm

photo by Michael Gessner

photo by Michael Gessner

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Yi Sha
SEX EDUCATION

One of our travels
We didn’t get out very much –
Nine years ago. Led us to Qingdao –
A summer of love
Sand castles, writing on rocks
Fresh clams in small restaurants
Very cheap. I remember
We lived in a school
A hotel for the summer
It was our summer of
Watching movies together
One night we sat
In the video room
All the way until morning
There was a flick about all kinds of fish
We were attracted
And then we felt
Shaken without compare
There was a fish called salmon
They had this one time
Of uninhibited communion
At the end of their lives
Fish of great beauty
Nine years ago
We don’t remember
How great it was
But no-one forgets
The pain at the end

1997
Tr. MW, 2014/2

Martin

Photo by Howard Romero

伊沙
《性爱教育》

那是我们不多的
出门旅行中的一次
九年前      在青岛
那是属于爱情的夏天

海滩上的砂器和字迹

小饭店里的鲜贝

非常便宜  记得

我们住在一所

学校里  在夏季

它临时改成了旅店

那是我们共同的

爱看电影的夏天

一个晚上  我们

在录像厅里

坐到了天亮

一部介绍鱼类的片子

吸引了我们

使我们感到

震惊无比

那种鱼叫三文鱼

一种以一次

酣畅淋漓的交媾

为生命终结的

美艳之鱼

九年了

我们没有记住

它的美丽

只是难以忘记

这种残酷的结局

1997

Photo by Howard Romero

Photo by Howard Romero

photo by Howard Romero

photo by Howard Romero

LIKE A BELL I SIT IN CHANG-AN: Yi Sha

十月 23, 2014

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Yi Sha
Song dynasty lyrics: Qing Ping Yue
for Martin

Frost state has no temples,
but there are times to see each other.
In my country, small people keep chirping.
Beyond the skies I am finding my friends,
red maple leaves on the trails in green hills,
streams keep on flowing.
Two people born in the year of the horse:
We raise our heads, go like the wind.

Written 10/16/14 at Vermont Studio Center
Tr. MW, Oct. 2014

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Yi Sha
SONG OF VERMONT
(Tang dynasty style)

Green peaks raise blue skies,
clear brooks meet in ponds.
Maples reflected –
is this the real world?
Wang Wei walked here
to his Journey’s End.
Frost stopped in woods,
we have miles to go.
I am just a guest,
with geese flying south.
Red leaves send us off,
snowflakes greeting spring.

Written 10/16/14 at Vermont Studio Center
Tr. MW, Oct. 2014

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Yi Sha
RED LEAVES (Tang dynasty quatrain)

Have met frost, heart’s still warm.
So in this fall I meet red leaves.
Should we cover all the roads?
Like a bell I sit in Chang-An*.

Written 10/15/14 at Vermont Studio Center
Tr. MW, Oct. 2014
*Chang-An: Today called Xi’an, capital of China through 13 dynasties. Yi Sha’s home town.

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GODDAMN LU-PRIZE 《烦人的鲁奖》

十月 20, 2014

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Yi Sha
GODDAMN LU-PRIZE

the night they announced
the lu xun literature prize
my mobile phone rang
it was the ningxia muslim poet
shan yongzhen. he said:
“only if you are never considered
for the biggest official prize,
you can become
a great poet in china.
tonight my first candidate
would have been chang yao
(who died in 2000)
the second one I thought of
was you, brother yi!”
hearing these words
brother yi stammered
didn’t know what to say
would have liked to hang up
brother shan said:
“so you don’t want to
discuss this topic
in any way?”
I said:
“yes, yes ….”
he didn’t know
what I was doing
I didn’t want to discuss any topic
I was watching a porn flick
on my computer
there was this great
piece of ass from thailand
in front of my eyes

August 2014
Tr. Oct. 2014

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伊沙
《烦人的鲁奖》

鲁迅文学奖
揭晓当夜
我的手机响了
是宁夏回族诗人
单永珍——他说:
“在中国
永不染指鲁奖的
才会成为
伟大的诗人
今晚我头一个
想到的是昌耀
第二个想到了
老哥你……”
面对此说
本老哥支支吾吾
不像往常那般
口若悬河
几欲挂断电话
对方说:
“你是不是
连这个话题
都不想谈?”
我说:
“是的,是的……”
对方不知道
此时此刻
我什么都不想谈
因我正在看A片
一个泰国妞
正在我面前的电脑上
晒屁股

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GOOD PEOPLE

三月 24, 2014

Taiwan

Lakuz Lee
GOOD PEOPLE

all around us the world is full of good people.

all these good people at school want to lend you a pencil.
all these good people will rush to pull you up when you fall down.
all these good people won’t help you when you are bullied.
because to the bullies they are also good schoolmates.

all these good people at the army will polish your boots and stand guard for you.
all these good people will lend you money so you can get back to your hometown.
all these good people won’t help you if you are bullied.
because to the sergeant they are also good soldiers.

all these good people at work want to brew you a coffee.
all these good people will listen all night when you’re broken-hearted.
all these good people won’t help you if the boss shouts at you.
because to the boss they are also good workers.

all these good people on the street will pick up your things when you drop them.
all these good people want to give you directions when you are lost.
all these good people won’t help you when your house gets torn down.
because to the government they are also good citizens.

some of these good people will become good police.
some of these good police will protect you against violence.
all these good police won’t help you if there are bad policemen who beat you.
because to the bad policemen they are also good comrades.

all around us the world is full of good people.
all these good people are filled with good intentions.
our world depends on cooperation among these good people.
when it is time we need to stand up by ourselves and step past good people.

2014-03-24
Tr. MW, 2014-03-24

這個世界我們的身邊充斥著一群好人。

這些好人在學校會借你忘了帶的鉛筆。
這些好人在你跌倒時會適時扶你一把。
這些好人在你被惡人欺侮時不會幫你。
因為對惡人來說他們也是一個好同學。

這些好人在軍隊會幫你擦皮鞋站衛兵。
這些好人在你沒錢時會借你錢回故鄉。
這些好人在你被班長欺侮時不會幫你。
因為對班長來說他們也是一個好軍人。

這些好人在公司會幫你泡咖啡關心你。
這些好人在你失戀時會熬夜陪你談心。
這些好人在你被上司辱罵時不會幫你。
因為對上司來說他們也是一個好工人。

這些好人在街上會幫你撿起掉的東西。
這些好人在你找不到路時會主動指引。
這些好人在你房子被強拆時不會幫你。
因為對政府來說他們也是一個好公民。

這些好人後來有些變成了好警察杯杯。
這些好警察在你被暴力相對時保護你。
這些好警察在你被惡警偷打時不會阻止他們。
因為對其他惡警來說他也是一個好人。

這個世界我們的身邊充斥著一群好人。
這群好人是這個世界裡一股善的意念。
我們的世界需要這群好人互助且關心。
必要時我們必須自己站出來跨過好人。

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MARRIAGE VOWS: 湘莲子 Xiang Lianzi

三月 21, 2014

Xiang Lianzi Marriage Vows

Xiang Lianzi

MARRIAGE VOWS

I was your bridesmaid

you were my matchmaker

you said you

would rather die

before becoming

a former wife

and you told me

taking the heat

should not result in

being cooked into

a former wife

I took the heat

I’ve long become

a former wife

you died long ago

also becoming

a former wife

Tr. MW, March 2014

MORE POEMS BY XIANG LIANZI: here AND here.

Xiang Lianzi

EHEGELÜBDE

du warst meine brautjungfer

ich war deine heiratsvermittlerin

du sagst du

willst lieber sterben

auf keinen fall werden

eine frühere frau

du schärfst mir ein

auch wenn ich durchhalte

darf ich nie werden

eine frühere frau

ich hielt es durch

und bin doch schon lange

eine frühere frau

du bist früh gestorben

du wurdest bald

eine frühere frau

Übersetzt von MW im März 2014

100 WOMEN WORKERS 郑小琼:女工

五月 15, 2013

Zheng Xiaoqiong
100 WOMEN WORKERS

3) YAO LIN

I am starting to understand the pain in my poems comes from myself
you don’t have the despair and confusion you are accustomed
working overtime sleeping getting paid sending money
going back home every year or two like a clockwork
you are used to the rhythm you came from a village in a different province
you didn’t face the bewildering city the temporary residence permit’s
iniquity didn’t think of putting down roots in the city
weren’t going to ponder anything a little more distant
or resist you are used to “government rules
or everyone does it that way” so they are always right
all those years being best friends but you could never
comprehend my anger and I could never understand
how you swallowed it all and kept silent “to dream is the greatest right of the age”
and exactly the opposite “why would you dream of anything unrealistic”
facing reality coming from the countryside I feel so
futile and helpless inappropriate alone sometimes
“life is about getting through every day” you tell me
we talk about outfits the weather distant Sichuan
or how we are going to go far in the factory
defective products. staying close to the factory’s wages… life
being used to repeat every day twenty-four hours
sixty minutes per hour this is life finding
work in the fields in the factory getting married giving birth
raising kids getting old like your parents your whole life
you never lose which means you never win it remains
to keep alive keep it simple breaking up endless repetitive
life being dull or pure I think of these words
and of your smile actually your life is getting less
peaceful worrying your husband far away
could he get out of hand and your kids might
obey less and less and your burden grows heavier
wearing you down sometimes you sit at the window
silent alone brooding
moments nobody notices

Tr. MW, spring 2013

3姚琳/ 我渐渐明白我诗歌中的痛苦来源于自身/ 你没有我描述中的迷茫与绝望 你已习惯了/ 上班 加班 睡觉 发工资 寄钱回家 / 一年或者两年回一次故乡 你像发条/ 习惯钟的节奏 你来自外省的乡村/ 没有面对城市的茫然 没有感受到暂住证/ 带来的屈辱 也没有想过在城市里落脚/ 对这些有点遥远的事物 你不去思考/ 也不去反抗 你习惯了“政府规定的/ 或者大家都要办” 它们就没有错/ 这么多年 尽管我们是最好的朋友/ 你无法理解我的愤怒 我也无法读懂/ 你的忍气吞声“梦想是时代最伟大的权利”/ 我们针锋相对“为什么要做不合实际的梦”/ 面对来自乡村的现实 我显得如此/ 徒劳与无力 有时会有不合适宜的孤独/ “生活的本身就是过日子” 你如此安慰我/ 我们谈论服饰 天气 遥远的四川/ 或者漫不经心地谈论工厂里的升职/ 次品 邻近工厂的工资……生活/ 它已习以为常地重复一天二十四小时/ 每小时六十分钟 就像人生 无非是/ 做事(打工或者种田)结婚 生子/ 养育小孩 像父母一样老去 这一生/ 没有所谓失败 也就没有胜利 只剩下/ 活着 你用简单瓦解无尽的繁复/ 平淡或者纯净的生活 我想起这些词/ 然后是你的微笑 其实你的生活也慢慢/ 失去了平静 你开始担心丈夫会不会/ 因为隔得太远而出轨 担心远在故乡的/ 孩子越来越不听话 生活的负担越来越重/ 压得你有些疲惫 有时你坐在窗口/ 沉默 孤独 并且有些忧郁 但是/ 这样的瞬间 无人关注

Zheng Xiaoqiong

100 ARBEITERINNEN

2) YAN Rong

Leben in täglichen Kleinigkeiten. Voller Rußgeruch.
Gewalt und Denken als zufällige Gewürze.
Die Gewalt des Beraubtwerdens hast du vergessen. Ich müh’ mich
Noch ab unterm Schatten des Denkens. Du sagst jedesmal
Das Leben mache dich viel zu müde. “Warum noch an diese Dinge denken”,
“Man kann ja doch nichts ändern. Die Realität macht nur Kopfschmerzen.”
Genau. In dieser gleichgültigen Welt. Sind wir
Winzig und schwach. All die Jahre. Hat jemand gelesen
Den Zorn und die Trauer in meinen Gedichten. Mir setzt man
Einen seltsamen Hut auf. Über das Denken und die Politik
Hab ich mir nie Gedanken gemacht. Aber zur Gerechtigkeit,
Ich kann nicht tatenlos zusehen. Es muss Aussichten geben.
Du beschwerst dich über mittlere Kader in der Fabrik.
Manchmal sind sie korrupt….Aber am Ende
Seufzt du immer und sagst: “Leider wissen ihre Vorgesetzten
Nichts davon. Sonst…. Damit wir nicht
Verzweifeln. Machen wir uns über unerreichbare Vorgesetzte
Schöne und gütige Gedanken. Bis irgendein Chef mit den Geldern durchbrennt
und dir noch drei Monate schuldet, dann bist du baff. Egal ob
Wir beraubt oder betrogen wurden. Wir stehen der Welt gegenüber
Voller Begeisterung und Vertrauen. Von Anhui bis Dongguan. Ganze sechs Jahre
Hast du lauter Fabriken gewechselt. Von Dongkeng bis Changping. Und Huangjiang
Wir waren nicht weit voneinander getrennt. Dein blinkendes Logo, wir haben gechattet,
Du hast mir dauernd etwas erzählt.
Dass die Fabrik bankrott ging. Dass die Bestellungen verschwanden.
Du hast mir erzählt, dass dein Chef, wegen der Wirtschaftskrise
Jeden Tag buckliger aussah. Du sagtest, als du ihn sahst,
Standest du deinem Vater gegenüber, im Feld nach der Missernte.

Übersetzt von Martin Winter im Frühling 2013

郑小琼:《女工》

2延容
生活是日常的琐碎 充满油烟味
暴力与思想是偶然的调味品
被抢劫的暴力你已忘记 我还在
思想的阴影下挣扎 你每次都说
活得太累 “为什么去想那些事情”
“又不能改变什么 让人头疼的现实”
是的 在这冷漠的世界 我们
如此弱小 这么多年 有人读着
我诗句中的愤怒与悲伤 给我戴上
奇怪的帽子 其实对于思想与政治
我一直漠不关心 但是对于正义
我无法视而不见 对未来要有眺望
你也抱怨工厂的中层干部的不公
有时会贪污谋私……但到了最后
你总会叹一口气说“可惜上面的老板
不知道这些 不然的话……”为了
不让自己绝望 我们对无法接触到的“上面”
保持善良而美好的想象 直到某天老板卷款逃跑
面对拖欠了三月工资你有些茫然 无论是
被抢劫或者受骗上当 我们对世界充满
热爱与信任 从安徽到东莞 整整六年
你不断换厂 从东坑到常平 到黄江
我们总相隔不远 QQ上有你闪动的头影
你会不断地告诉我一些事情
比如工厂的倒闭 订单的流失
你还跟我说你的老板 因为经济危机
日益佝偻下去的背影 你说你看到他
想起自己面对欠收 站在庄稼地的父亲

Flying over the sea, quietly

七月 24, 2012


Yan Jun
February 17

Like everyone parting we cry.
Like every old shirt. Dust and dirt on old clothes.

Like all days of old. Fire on snow.
For thousands of miles. The moon on the sea. Shines on old streets.

We’re parting, unlike everyone
from the night till the day we won’t cry again.

Like dust washed with snow. Words are just sound.
We talk. Flying over the sea, quietly.

2006-02-21
Tr. Martin Winter, July 2012

顏峻

2月17日

像所有要分开的人一样我们哭
像所有的旧衣服 旧衣服上的尘土

像所有旧日子 雪地上的焰火
几千里 月光照着海 照着胡同

所有人中的例外 我们分开
从夜晚 到白天 都不再哭

像尘土被雪清洗 言语也只是声音
我们说话 在海面上静静飞行

2006.2.21

Yan Jun
17. Februar

Wir weinen wie alle, wir trennen uns bald.
Wie alle alten Kleider. Der Staub in den Falten.

Wie alle alten Tage. Feuer auf Schnee.
Tausende Meilen. Der Mond scheint aufs Meer. Scheint auf alte Gassen.

Wir sind nicht wie alle. Wir trennen uns
Und weinen nicht mehr von der Nacht bis zum Tag.

Wie Staub weggewaschen vom Schnee. Alle Worte sind Klang.
Wir reden. Wir fliegen ganz still übers Meer.

2006-02-21
Übersetzt von Martin Winter Juli 2012

Auf Wiedersehen, Taiwan

二月 28, 2012

台灣再見!

The sun is up above the clouds.
It is a national holiday,
the saddest day in Taiwan’s year.
I’m sad I have to leave this place.
We had a month, and it was great.
We went around for literature.
I have 100 business cards
and many books and magazines
and work for months and maybe years
and hopes of contracts and so on.
And we have lots of memories
of friendly people, rain and sun,
of Kinmen, Gaoxiong and Tainan,
of readings, talks and interviews,
of temples, tours and wonderment.
It is a national holiday,
the saddest day in Taiwan’s year.
The sun is up above the clouds.
I’m sad I have to leave this place.

MW Feb. 28, 2012

杜甫

九月 9, 2011

杜甫

絕句四首(選一)

兩個黄鹂鳴翠柳,
一行白鷺上青天。
窗含西岭千秋雪,
門泊東吴万里船。

Du Fu (712-770)
Short impressions (one of four poems, four lines each)

(three)

two orioles calling from willows,
one file of egrets up to the blue.
ranges of snow caught from my window,
docked at our gate is a passage to wu.

MW Tr. Sept. 2011

Photo by Angelika Burgsteiner

Liu Xiaobo 1989 and today

十月 5, 2010

No Choice – My Memories of Liu Xiaobo Before And After 1989

Keine andere Wahl – Liu Xiaobo, 1989 und heute

Bei Ling

This article was published on June 16, 2010 in Ming Pao Daily, Hong Kong and in Lianhe Bao (United Daily News), Taipei.

Die chinesische Originalfassung dieses Artikels erschien am 16. Juni 2010 in den Tageszeitungen Ming Pao (Hongkong) und Lianhe bao (United Daily News, Taiwan)

Translation/Übersetzung: Martin Winter

Source/Quelle: Lianhe Bao (United Daily News, Taipei)

http://mag.udn.com/mag/world/storypage.jsp?f_MAIN_ID=235&f_SUB_ID=4595&f_ART_ID=255134

See also
英語報紙:In English:
http://www.taipeitimes.com/News/editorials/archives/2010/11/02/2003487492

In German:

http://www.faz.net/s/Rub117C535CDF414415BB243B181B8B60AE/Doc~E3AB4F19D97FC404CB097C726A204806D~ATpl~Ecommon~Scontent.html

En espanol:

http://www.abc.es/20101010/internacional/xiaobo-1989-ahora-20101010.html

From the Noble Committee:

https://docs.google.com/View?id=dc7f6bh9_884dj3m7sfh

別無選擇——記1989年前後的劉曉波

【聯合報╱貝嶺/文】

2010.06.17 03:28 am

He is very gentle, but he cannot stand any false kindness; he emphasizes individualism, though in daily life he needs his friends very much … His unique personality highlights exactly the kind of character that is so extremely rare among Chinese intellectuals …

Er ist ein sanfter Mensch und kann doch faule Kompromisse nicht ertragen. Er tritt für die Freiheit des Individiums ein und ist doch im täglichen Leben sehr stark auf seine Freunde angewiesen. Sein eigenwilliger Charakter ist gerade unter chinesischen Intellektuellen sehr selten und kostbar…

他喜歡溫和,卻又無法容忍平庸的溫和,他強調個體,可在日常生活中他又如此地需要朋友……他獨特的個性恰恰反襯了中國知識分子極其缺乏個性……

Author’s comment:

This text has been modified. I first wrote it in New York in June 1989, after the June Fourth crackdown, and after I heard that Liu Xiaobo had been arrested in Beijing. I had to vent my feelings. The Liu Xiaobo in this article is my very personal Liu Xiaobo from over 20 years ago.

Read on …

英語報紙:In English:
http://www.taipeitimes.com/News/editorials/archives/2010/11/02/2003487492

德國報紙 Auf Deutsch:
http://www.faz.net/s/Rub117C535CDF414415BB243B181B8B60AE/Doc~E3AB4F19D97FC404CB097C726A204806D~ATpl~Ecommon~Scontent.html
西班牙報紙 En español:
http://www.abc.es/20101010/internacional/xiaobo-1989-ahora-20101010.html

挪威諾貝爾委會 Noble Comittee Communique
https://docs.google.com/View?id=dc7f6bh9_884dj3m7sfh
中國留學生 Chinese students abroad
http://www.dailyillini.com/blogs/different-perspectives/2010/10/31/chinese-illini-not-sure-how-to-feel-about-chinas-first-nobel
王超華 Wang Chaohua
http://www.thechinabeat.org/?p=2793


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