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TOKYO PASTA – 江湖海

八月 6, 2018

Jianghu Hai
TOKYO PASTA

Across the road from Tokyo Prince Hotel
in a train station basement
I ate a pasta I had never tasted
outside of my family’s home Matoushan
deep in China.
The flour is ground, dried in the sun,
beaten into a dough, pressed into strings,
these are dried again.
To the sound of the big village drums,
the pasta is born in a fine-tuned process.
It’s very resilient, every bite fills your mouth
with the scent of the grain.
I left home when I was 14,
had all sorts of pasta, sweet sour spicy,
strong kinds of taste, made very fast,
so the scent of my hometown
went very far away in the distance.
Never thought I would find it at this moment in Tokyo.
Above there are trains arriving and leaving,
producing a rhythm of deep and high notes
very much like the drums
of Matoushan.

7/25/18
Translated by MW, August 2018

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FUSZPILZ – 江湖海

二月 16, 2018

Jianghu Hai
FUSSPILZ

jetzt in laos
jucken die füss
dadurch denk ich
an meine ex
20 jahre geschieden
manches ist anders
manches verschwunden
beim waschen zusammen
gibt sie mir den fusspilz
sobald ich herumrenn
hört das jucken nicht auf

Februar 2018
Übersetzt von MW im Februar 2018

THOSE FEW YEARS:江湖海

二月 25, 2017

jianghuhai

Jianghu Hai
THOSE FEW YEARS

in the dim-sum hall in a corner
next to me
two old guys with their tea
talking past things
one says, those few years
nightmares every night
another says, you had it better than me
those few years
couldn’t sleep, night after night

January 2017
Translated by Martin Winter, February 2017

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