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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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《夜游》 NACHTWANDERUNG

十一月 15, 2016

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《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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NACHTWANDERUNG

Heute Abend
Ist Muhammad Ali
Der Erde am nächsten
In über 60 Jahren
Auch nur dieses eine Mal.
Bei Taitung in Taiwan
Drachenfeld bei Hirschflur
ist er bei der Übersetzerwerkstatt.
Muhammad Ali im Freudenrausch
Tanzt wie eine Biene,
Sticht wie ein Schmetterling.
War das nicht umgekehrt?
Heute Abend
Ist es egal.

MW November 2016

APPLAUSE – 邢昊

十月 12, 2016

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Xing Hao
APPLAUSE

At the conference for outstanding personnel
he doesn’t applaud.
At the meeting for model workers
he doesn’t applaud.
At the representatives‘ gathering
he doesn’t applaud.
At the general assembly
he doesn’t applaud.

Not that he doesn’t want to,
but it is rather hard.
He didn’t raise an iron fist
in the Cultural Revolution,
so Red Guards cut off his hand.

Tr. MW, October 2016

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FLIEGE DURCHSCHAUT – 伊沙

六月 10, 2016

Steppe mit Bahn

Yi Sha 《参透苍蝇》
FLIEGE DURCHSCHAUT

weiß nicht wann und von wo
fliegt herein eine fliege
stört meine siesta
ich such die fliegenklatsche
find sie nirgends
versuch es mit der blanken hand
krieg sie nicht
komm auf eine idee
lass das fliegengitter offen
bald kann ich schlafen
kleine fliege
nicht dass ich geahnt hab
du sehnst dich nach freiheit
ich hab dich durchschaut
dein grenzenloser durst nach gestank
die welt ist so groß
manche stinken noch stärker

Juni 2016
Übersetzt von MW im Juni 2016

 

《参透苍蝇》

不知何时从何处
飞进来一只苍蝇
骚扰了我的午睡
满屋子找苍蝇拍
没找着
干脆直接用手拍
拍不着
后来我想起一妙招
干脆拉开纱窗睡觉
很快再无骚扰
小样儿
我不是洞悉你
放荡不羁爱自由
而是参透你
追腥逐臭欲无穷
世界那么大
还有更臭的

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Yi Sha 《预支》
VORSCHUSS

wenn ich denk
ich fahr in die steppe
geht mir das herz auf
wenn ich denk
ich fahr in die steppe
schau in die sterne
krieg ich feuchte augen
dann bin ich in der steppe
dann wird es wirklich dunkel
dann kommen die sterne
aber es ist mir
ein bisschen peinlich

Juni 2016
Übersetzt von MW im Juni 2016

 

《预支》

我一想到
要去草原
就内心泛潮了
我一想到
要去草原
仰望星空
就热泪盈眶了
真到了草原
真到了夜晚
真到了星空下
我忽然有点
不好意思了

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《难度》

我来到草原
望着被抒情诗人
污染的草原
天空、云朵、湖泊、牛羊
无处下手
茫然四顾
不见一人

 

Yi Sha 《难度》
SCHWIERIG

ich komm in die steppe
seh die von lyrischen leuten
verdorbene steppe
himmel wolken seen herden
ganz ohne eingriff
ich dreh mich verwirrt
und seh keine menschen

Juni 2016
Übersetzt von MW im Juni 2016

 

《铁律》

但凡说出
"诗不重要
我们是兄弟"者
从来都不是
我的兄弟

Yi Sha 《铁律》
EISERNE REGEL

aber alle die sagen
“gedichte sind nicht so wichtig,
wir sind ja brüder“
die waren nie
meine brüder.

Juni 2016
Übersetzt von MW im Juni 2016

 

《成吉思汗像的由来》

忽必烈
对大画师
下命道:
"照着我画
就是我爷爷"
"那你的画像
怎么办?"
大画师
犯嘀咕
但没敢问出口

 

Yi Sha《成吉思汗像的由来》
PORTRAIT VON DSCHINGIS KHAN

kublai khan
befahl dem künstler:
“mal ihn nach mir,
er ist mein großvater.”
“wie mal ich dann dich?”
lag dem mann auf der zunge
die frage blieb ungelöst

Juni 2016
Übersetzt von MW im Juni 2016

Chang'an Shigejie Ordos

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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MEETING – 秦巴子 – SITZUNG

一月 6, 2016

Qin_Bazi

Qi Bazi
MEETING

someone talking
someone listening
someone not listening
someone not hearing
someone listening somewhere else
someone pretending to listen
someone forgets everything
someone doesn’t follow
someone oblivious
someone asks later if someone was listening
someone going to beat up someone

9/2/15
Tr. MW, Jan. 2016

 

Qin Bazi
SITZUNG

manche reden
manche hören zu
manche sind nicht beim zuhören
manche hören nicht
manche hören’s woanders
manche tun als ob sie zuhören
bei manchen geht es hinein und hinaus
manche kommen nicht mit
manche sind gar nicht mehr da
manche fragen hat jemand zugehört
manche wollen manche verprügeln

2. Sept. 2015
Übers. v. MW im Januar 2016

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