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POETRY IN CRISIS? 庄生访谈:十一问 – 11 QUESTIONS asked by Zhuang Sheng

三月 19, 2020

11 QUESTIONS asked by Zhuang Sheng

1. Could you please introduce yourself?
Martin Winter, Chinese name 维马丁, poet and translator from Chinese into German and English.
2. Where did you spend this year’s Spring Festival?
At home in Vienna. Yi Sha 伊沙 and six other poets from China (Tu Ya 图雅, Jiang Huhai 江湖海, Xiang Lianzi 湘莲子, Pang Qiongzhen 庞琼珍, Bai Li 白立 and Chun Sue 春树) had just left, after spending over two weeks in Austria in January. You could also say we had Spring Festival together, in Innsbruck in Tyrol in the alps, with poets there, and in Vienna, also with friends. Bai Li was our best cook, and all of them made really good food, we made Jiaozi together, you know, Chinese dumplings, and many other dishes. Yi Sha likes to cook tomatoes and eggs, very simple dish, but very good. We celebrated together, and they went back one day before the lunar new year.
3. How has this virus crisis affected you?
Actually, here in Austria it has only just started to affect everyone. Schools are closed, also most shops. I have been working from home before already, so there is no big change. But I have to be afraid of both short-term and long-term effects in the publishing world, in China and in Europe.
4. How do you spend your time now?
I work from home, so the only big change is that my wife and my son are also home all day. My daughter already has her own apartment, but it is close by. She moved in February, when it was still normal. She was with us on the weekend, we are going to see her again tomorrow or so. People are supposed to stay at home, but you can go shopping for food, medicine, tobacco.
5. How is your mood these days?
Ok, maybe a little worried, but ok, not bad.
6. What are you most satisfied with from before this crisis? Can you give an impression of the efforts against the virus in your location?
My poems. My work. My family, friends, contacts, local and international. The measures against the virus here in Austria and in Vienna have only just started in earnest. There is some criticism that tourism was stopped too late in Tyrol. People who came to ski from all over Europe, and some got sick there, maybe a lot.
7. What is the best thing you have eaten during this crisis?
My wife is at home, so she cooks more. She likes to buy lamb and beef from the Muslim halal butcher at the vegetable market close by. Our vegetables are from there too. My son likes to help with cooking. Today they made lasagna, from scratch. Most food shops are open, even some restaurants for take out. Some Chinese shops have closed. Hope there are still one or two open in the city. But that’s just for spices and sauces like 老干妈.
8. What has worried your family and relations in this crisis?
My parents stay at home. My sister lives very close to them, and her sons help them. One of them is studying to be a doctor, he was working in a hospital. Hope he is ok.
9. In this global crisis, what do you think about poets writing poetry? Have you written poetry in this time?
This is a very good time for writing, reading, translating, even for distributing and discussing poetry, at least online. I have followed the situation in China. People compared the slogans warning you not to go out, some of these were very nasty and violent, to the writing on boxes sent from Japan, relief goods for Wuhan. There was Tang poetry on there, to remind people of their common heritage. Something about mountains and streams, 山川異域, 風月同天. Reminds me of Du Fu, mountains and rivers remain. So people compared this ancient culture to the crude slogans and said we should learn from the Japanese. Then one guy wrote an article in the Yangtze daily 长江日报 on February 12 and quoted Adorno who said poetry after Auschwitz was barbaric, so we don’t need poetry from Japan, because of what the Japanese did in the war. Any simple slogan was better, no poetry required, he said. But Tang poetry is very much what defines China, Chinese culture, also poetry in general. So everyone trashed this guy online. And people wrote even more poetry than before, a lot of it related to the crisis. Poems for Dr. Li Wenliang, the eye doctor from Wuhan who was one of the early whistle-blowers in late December 2019, and got reprimanded, and continued to work and died from the virus. That was world news, everyone knows this, also here in Austria. So in China on the whole there is a creative burst in this crisis, which is a very good thing, it gives hope. Some of these new poems are really very, very good. Yes, I have written a few poems myself. Some are related to China. I’ll see how it goes here in Europe. People have to stay at home, so they have more time for artistic pursuits, making music, for example. Singing from the balconies.
10. When the crisis is over, what are you most eager to do?
Don’t know yet, it has only just started here. Go out, meet people. My book is coming out in China, “Finally We Have Snow”, translated by Yi Sha. Should have come out in February. So I had planned to present the book in China this spring, at the Austrian embassy in Beijing, and at other places, maybe Xi’an etc. Anyway, my expertise is in intercultural, international contact with Chinese language, literature, poetry. So I am most eager to work in this field.
11. What do you think about the global situation?
It has brought people together. It is good for the climate, hopefully also for the social climate locally and internationally. There are always people who play us and them, but people do have a lot in common, much more than we realize. And now we have this one thing in common, globally. Everybody seems to agree on that.
庄生访谈:十一问

1.请您做一下自我介绍?
2.您在哪里过的春节?
3.此次疫情对您产生了哪些影响?
4.您每天是如何打发时间的?
5.您目前的心境如何?
6.回顾疫情之前的岁月,什么让您最满意?您可以就您所在地的疫情及防控情况谈一谈您的感受吗?
7.疫情当中,您吃过最美味的东西是什么?
8.在这次大疫当中,有什么使您的家人很不安?
9.在这次全球流行病中,您对诗人写诗怎么看?您作为诗人写诗了吗?
10.疫情过后,您最想做什么?
11.您对当下,全球疫情形势怎么看?

(请被访问者尽量简洁回答,随稿附上一张生活照和50字以内的简介,感谢!)

 

 

CHINA in TIROL: Lesung im Montagu in Innsbruck

一月 15, 2020

《马来人可以乱开枪》

白 立

在马六甲的古炮台上
马来籍的华裔导游告诉我
大马国宪法规定
在婚姻上
马来人是有特权的
他们可以娶四个老婆,
在家里可以乱开枪
华人不行
说完后她狡黠地笑了

我立刻告诉她
那华人必须开炮

 

Bai Li
MALAIEN KÖNNEN EINFACH SO SCHIESSEN

Auf den Zinnen von Malakka
sagt unsere Führerin (sie ist chinesische Malaiin)
malaische Muslims seien privilegiert
das sei garantiert in der Verfassung
und zwar bei der Ehe.
Sie dürfen vier Frauen heiraten
und jeden Tag schießen daheim wie sie wollen.
Aber Chinesen dürfen das nicht,
sagte sie grinsend.

Dann müssen sie gleich mit Kanonen schießen,
sag ich sofort.

Übersetzt von MW, 2016

 

《我常空怀宏大事物》

江湖海

我把小狗托比
改名大地
深夜回家歪在躺椅
大地偎在脚边
我把大地揽在怀里
寻得闲暇
我帮大地洗澡
修剪毛发
给大地的伤口消毒包扎
劝大地叹息轻点
之后我把大地改名天空
再后改名大海
我把为大地所做的
重做一遍

2016年

 

Jiang Huhai 《我常空怀宏大事物》
ICH HAB OFT GROSSE SACHEN IM KOPF

Ich nenne meinen kleinen Hund Toby
jetzt Planet Erde.
Komm spät nachhaus, lieg schief im Lehnstuhl,
die Erde kuschelt sich an meinen Fuß.
Ich nehm die Erde auf meinen Schoß,
ein bisschen ausspannen.
Ich wasche meine Erde,
schneid ihr die Haare.
Ich leg der Erde einen desinfizierten Wundverband an,
sag ihr ruhig, ganz ruhig, nicht so laut keuchen.
Nachher nenn ich die Erde Himmel.
Später sag ich Meer zu ihm, Ozean.
Und tu dasselbe
was ich für die Erde getan hab.

Anfang 2016
Übersetzt von MW 2019

《马博物馆》

庞琼珍

一尊马的雕塑
半露出厩栏
近看居然是一匹活马
囚禁在2平米展台
局促地探出
活体标本的头
鬃毛被涂成彩色
编成发辫
它和我一样
每天上8小时班

 

Pang Qiongzhen
PFERDEMUSEUM

eine pferdeskulptur
lugt aus dem stall
von nah ist es wirklich ein pferd
eingeschlossen in zwei quadratmeter bühne
bewegt es den lebenden
kopf den es darstellt
mit bunten zöpfen
acht stunden dienst
jeden tag
so wie ich

Übersetzt von MW im Mai 2018

《曼谷的乌鸦》

图雅

这么干净美丽的地方
乌鸦也干净得如同剪碎的黑缎子
绿地上撒一些
花树上撒一些
河面上撒一些
蓝天上撒一些
它们突然飞起
又发出撕缎子的声音

2016.2.17

 

Tu Ya
BANGKOK CROWS

such a clean, beautiful place.
crows are clean cuts of black satin.
some cast on the green
some on flowers and trees
some cast on the river
some cast in the sky.
suddenly they fly,
cries of tearing satin.

2016-02-17
Tr. MW, April 2016

湘莲子:《病房记事:故事一》

 

海参在遇到天敌时会把身子分成两半,
一半让天敌吃掉,
另一半逃走。
——选自希姆博尔斯卡《自断》

 

我说过年不谈诗我们讲故事
就像半截钢管砸去了半边脑子的泥水工
像他和他的病友们在病房里
谈天、吵架、抽搐、梦游一样

他说3+2=1
就像三个指头加二个指头等于一只手
两只手加起来等于一双手一样
就像老鼠最不喜欢老鼠药
最喜欢吃老鼠药的一定是老鼠一样

就像他们海阔天空
一下子从数学转向哲学
个数转向复数
手指头转向塌瘪的脑袋
转向老鼠、老鼠药、漏洞、气球一样
就像11+11=22、22—2=2一样

他说漏洞不是不可以修补的
就像老鼠药总是会被老鼠消化一样
就像老鼠在他脑袋上打洞
他脑子有漏洞、漏洞跟漏气
漏气的气球是最难吹的气球一样
就像他半边塌瘪的脑袋
塌瘪的脑袋被哈欠打得一鼓一陷一样

他说放老鼠药的箱子里没有老鼠
老鼠药很伤老鼠
就像读书很伤脑子一样
他说老鼠偷吃了他的脑钻进了他脑子
就像他说他头疼,我头也疼
他要我在他脑子里放老鼠药一样

就像他说:“我快傻了
脑子快被吃光了
老板不要我、女朋友也不要我了”
就像他很绝望
他绝望得鬼哭狼一样

他哭起来就像一只捉不到老鼠的猫
就像一百只老鼠也敌不过一只猫一样
他说:“谁都搞不定,谁都补不了这个洞
只有我能,我有法子嘛。我弄点上好的水泥
兑点酒水,啧啧。相信我的技术嘛”

他指着自己缺损的颞骨就像指着某个屋顶的缺口
就像他正在修补的某个屋顶的缺口一样

2012年1月

.《故事一》(英文版)

Xiang Lianzi
FIRST STORY

“In danger the sea cucumber will split itself
one half it gives the world to devour,
the other half escapes.” – from W. Szymborska, Autotomy.

I said let’s not talk poetry at the lunar new year let us tell stories
like a bricklayer half of his head bashed in by half of a steel pipe
like he and his sick room friends
arguing anything, twitching like sleepwalking
he says 3+2=1
like three fingers plus two equals one hand
two hands together equals one pair
like what a rat hates most is rat poison
whoever loves eating rat poison most must be a rat
like I said they were arguing anything
from mathematics into philosophy
from singular into plural
from fingers into a skull bashed in
into rats, poison, leaks or balloons
like 11+11=22, 22-2=2 and so on
he said not that leaks cannot be fixed
just like rat poison will always be digested by rats
just like rats knocked a hole in his skull
his skull has a leak, like a balloon
a leaking balloon is very hard to blow up
just like his half-bashed in skull pops in and out with a yawn
he said in the box with the rat poison there is no rat
rat poison is very bad for rats
just like reading is very bad for your head
just like rats eating his brain slipping into his head
when he said he had a headache, I had a headache
like he wanted me to put rat poison into his brain
like he said: “I’ll soon be an idiot
when they have finished my brain
my boss will dump me, my girlfriend dumps me”
like he is all desperate
crying his heart out like a wolf
howling just like a cat who cannot catch rats
like one hundred rats cannot overcome one single cat
he said: no-one can figure it out, nobody can fix this leak
except me, I have a method, I take a bit of cement, very good quality
mix it with alcohol, ts ts. believe me I have the technique.
he pointed at his broken temporal bone like pointing at some leak on a roof
like a leak on a roof he was fixing

Tr. MW, Oct. 2013

两伊战争
伊沙

我的中学同学中
多东郊大厂子弟
上学那会儿
我常去他们家里玩
发现他们的生活条件
要比其他家庭好
那时候我不知道
这与报纸上的
两伊战争有关
那时候
他们的父母
老在厂里加班加点
生产炮弹
同时卖给交战双方
供不应求
持续八年的两伊战争
打到第六年时
我们毕业了

2017.01.16.

Yi Sha
IRAN-IRAK

in meiner mittelschule gab es viele kinder
aus der groẞen fabrik im osten der stadt
ich war oft bei ihnen zuhause
sie hatten es besser
damals wusste ich nicht
dass das mit dem krieg zu tun hatte
iran-irak war in den zeitungen
und ihre eltern
schoben überstunden
und sonderschichten
produzierten geschosse
verkauften an beide seiten
sehr groẞe nachfrage
acht jahre iran-irak
im sechsten jahr
haben wir graduiert

2017

Übersetzt von MW, 2017

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


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