Posts Tagged ‘national anthem’

startling news – 普元

三月 13, 2018

Pu Yuan
STARTLING NEWS

one child becomes deaf
two children become deaf
100 children become deaf
1000 children become deaf
10000 children become deaf
30000 children become deaf
every year in china
over thirty thousand children
become deaf
from injections or taking medicine
which means they will never again
understand anything clearly
in the end it means they won’t hear a thing
even if you play the national anthem

Translated by MW, March 2018

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TWO SONGS – 伊沙

七月 2, 2015

YI SHA

Yi Sha 《兩首歌》
TWO SONGS

my nephew from america
eric wan
spent a year in china to learn chinese
now he’s going back
he sums it up for me:
“in my year in china
I ’ve learned two chinese songs ….”
he sings them to me
oh! I know at once
the first is the national anthem
of the people’s republic
“march of the volunteers”
the second one is the song of the young pioneers
”we carry on for communism …”
he makes me laugh
I ask him,
“they made you a young pioneer?”
he says,
“I don’t know,
I got a red scarf
from our teacher”

June 2015
Tr. MW, 2015

Yi Sha 《親眼所見》
SAW IT WITH MY OWN EYES

a rainy day
a sprinkler truck
still spraying water
and with a song
one of those red
revolutionary anthems
just like a cartoon

June 2015
Tr. MW, 2015

Yi Sha painted

Yi Sha 《在北京仲夏詩歌節上》
BEIJING MIDSUMMER POETRY FESTIVAL

somehow I pity him
before and after
he reads a poem
he has to stress
his understanding of poetry
making him different
how many times I’ve heard him say
exactly the same with my own ears?
on the other hand
I put three centuries between me and him
between myself and other people
but I don’t explain that
it would be beneath me

June 2015
Tr. MW, 2015

Yi Sha painting

《两首歌》

我那生于美国的外甥
艾瑞克·万
跑来中国学一年中文
转眼就要回去了
他自我总结道:
“这一年里
我学会了两首中文歌……”
然后唱给我听
哦!我一耳朵就听出来了
第一首是中华人民共和国国歌
《义勇军进行曲》
第二首是中国少年先锋队队歌
“我们是共产主义接班人……”
把我听乐了
我问他:
“他们吸收你加入少先队了吗?”
他回答:
“我也不知道
反正老师送给我一条
红领巾”

《亲眼所见》

雨天里
一辆洒水车
还在洒水
伴奏音乐
是红歌
很卡通

《在北京仲夏诗歌节上》

他怪可怜的
每次朗诵前后
都要强调
他所理解的诗
与他人不同
这是我第N次
亲耳听他这么说了
反倒是
把他和他们
甩出三个世纪去的我
从来不说
我不屑于解释

TO THE MEMORY OF THE OLYMPICS – 唐欣

五月 7, 2014

Tang Xin
TO THE MEMORY OF THE OLYMPICS

At the height of summer, Olympics in Spain
Crazed citizens, day & night watching TV
Disgusting extremes, disturbing my dreams
I’d rather stay calm, you could say
I would not be in spasms
I prefer gentle exertions
Instead of tiring yourself spitting blood
Like some kind of monster. I hate repetition.
I don’t want to watch people shouting exulted
Like raging idiots, lunatic movements
Nazis, Cultural Revolution

Although I’m yearning for the old Greeks
Natural people, clear autumn skies
Beautiful bodies, running in freedom
Nothing like that today I’m afraid

I don’t yearn for the strong, for the muscled
For the nimble champions
No, to be strong and mighty means in my language
You could be frail and weak in your body
But if you are like Hu Shi, Zhou Zuoren
You are a hero, a really great person

Go to sleep, my compatriots
Or is the national anthem your opium?
After they win three hundred gold medals
You are an invalid just like before
Go cook yourself a mung bean soup
To clear your senses

At the height of summer, Lanzhou is not too bad
Ignore the papers, no idle talking
Crickets at noon, frogs in the night
With time for reading, and a good sleep

Tr. MW, April 2014


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