Posts Tagged ‘Hou Ma’

TEIGTASCHEN – 侯馬

二月 12, 2017

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Hou Ma
TEIGTASCHEN

ich seh einen großartigen polizisten
bringt am frühlingsfestabend den häftlingen jiaozi
ich seh auch einen großartigen häftling
er isst die jiaozi nicht sagt es fehlt essig

2016-09-16

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TEMPLE OF HEAVEN – 侯馬

六月 2, 2016

Hou Ma

Hou Ma
TEMPLE OF HEAVEN

at the echo wall of the temple of heaven
he told everything
what he wanted to say to the old man in heaven
what he wanted to say to his wife and kids
what he wanted to say to himself
told it all to the wall

actually he didn’t tell anything
to the wall
what he shouted was:
—- can you hear me?
—- can you hear me?

9/23/15
Tr. MW, January 2016

Hou Ma
HIMMELSTEMPEL

An der Echowand am Himmelstempel
hat er alles gesagt
was er Gott sagen wollte
was er seiner Familie sagen wollte
was er sich selbst sagen wollte
er hat alles erzählt

Eigentlich hat er der Wand
überhaupt nichts erzählt
er hat nur gerufen:
— Hörst du mich?
— Hörst du mich?

23. September 2015
Übersetzt von MW im Januar 2016

Hou Ma Himmelstempel

LAMP CORD – 侯马

四月 28, 2016

Hou Ma meeting picture

Hou Ma
LAMP CORD

Light brought by the lamp cord feels more intense;
darkness more thorough, brought by the lamp cord.
Lamp cord stands straight, even in dreams,
so that a hand might find it at the same spot in the dark.
Lamp cord makes the same movement
with opposite results,
yet knows nothing about it.
It just tries again if it was wrong.
Early on
it went through fire so there could be light,
it has a stainless steel core.
But the one cord I remember
is not that one used for a suicide.
There was one day I stretched out my hand,
and it started to sing The East is Red.

1/24/16
Tr. MW, April 2016

Hou Ma lamp cord

19 MIGRANT WORKERS – 侯馬

九月 15, 2015

19 Wanderarbeiter

Hou Ma
19 WANDERARBEITER

19 wanderarbeiter mit ihren schaufeln
nein, es sind fünf wanderarbeiter mit schaufeln
nein, die fünf wanderarbeiter tragen vielleicht keine schaufeln
weiß nicht, mit welchen werkzeugen arbeiten sie auf der brücke
zwei wanderarbeiter im einschlafen fahren einen lastwagen mit aushub
der laster wischt die fünf wanderarbeiter hinunter
und kracht ins geländer
die zwei eingeschlafenen wanderarbeiter und die ladung erde
begraben die anderen fünf wanderarbeiter
die rettungstruppe ist schnell zur stelle
sie engagieren 12 wanderarbeiter
12 wanderarbeiter mit ihren schaufeln
graben sehr fleißig
graben aus sieben wanderarbeiter die nicht mehr atmen

1. Oktober 2014
Übersetzt von MW im September 2015

Hou Ma
19 MIGRANT WORKERS

19 migrant workers carrying shovels
no, five migrant workers carrying shovels
no, five migrant workers maybe not carrying shovels
not sure which tools they are using up on the bridge
two migrant workers dozing driving a truck with loose earth
truck sweeping five migrant workers down from the bridge
and crashing the railing
two dozing migrant workers along with their truck of loose earth
falling and burying five migrant workers
rescue team comes very fast
engaging 12 migrant workers
12 migrant workers arrive with their shovels
working furiously
very soon they dig out seven
not-breathing migrant workers

10/1/14
Tr. MW, 2015

WHAT WAS IT THAT RUMSFELD SAID? – 侯马 Hou Ma

十二月 14, 2014

rumsfeld

Hou Ma
WHAT WAS IT THAT RUMSFELD SAID?

there are things we know, there are things we don’t know.
there are things everyone knows we know we know them.
there are things no-one knows we don’t know them
and there are things we don’t know we know them.
the point is we know there are things we don’t know we don’t know them.

I memorized these lines and made a guy listen.
he was dying with laughter, tears in his eyes.
sometimes I think rumsfeld wasn’t bad after all.
made you laugh like a baby, laugh yourself silly.
made me say this world is actually nice
to make one person happy.

2/13/13
Tr. MW, Dec. 2014


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