Posts Tagged ‘new year’

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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NEUES JAHR – 姚風

一月 30, 2017

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Yao Feng
NEUES JAHR

Gesang und Schampus, Riesen-Fraß;
Raketen, Böller, rasender Tanz;
Ecstasy, Auszählen, Sex oder Streit, Traurigkeit …
Mit Freude und Schmerz, auf alle möglichen Arten
begeht man Neujahr.
Und jene Leute, die damals den Dissidenten Yu Luoke,
die Dissidentinnen Zhang Zhixin und Lin Zhao,
den Übersetzer Fu Lei,
den 1995 hingerichteten Nie Shubin
und so weiter
verfolgt haben,
die leben alle noch;
schreiten ins neue Jahr rüstig wie ich.

1.1.2017

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BABIES’ FACES

二月 22, 2016

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BABIES’ FACES

there is nothing in babies’ faces but wonder,
there is nothing in colours in clouds round the moon.

there is sadness in babies’ faces and pain
there is laughter and everything you forget.

there is nothing in babies’ faces but wonder,
there is nothing in colours in clouds round the moon.

MW Febr. 21st, 2016 元宵节 Lantern Festival

Jiang Huhai calligraphy3

饺子

HAND – 叶臻

十二月 22, 2015

Ye Zhen

Ye Zhen
HAND

After my mother got parkinson’s syndrome,
she could not pinch the dough to make Jiaozi.
When I was home for the Lunar New Year,
my mother’s hand was often pinched by my hand,
as if I was putting in filling for Jiaozi.
Sometimes my mother’s hand pinched my hand,
as if she was pinching dough.
Mother and son, we made our Jiaozi for Lunar New Year.
But we couldn’t stop trembling.
So it fell out right away: the chopped celery, the ground meat
and the cash you put in for luck.

3/7/15
Tr. MW, Dec. 2015

Oma

饺子

DREAM 122 – 伊沙 Yi Sha

三月 12, 2015

Yi Sha
DREAM #122

outside of broadcasting studio #1
I’m holding on to a marten fur coat
stumbling about
I am holding the coat
for a #1 singer queen just like wang fei

to everyone
of the people who ask me what I am doing
I throw them one sentence
resounding and clear:
“I am a poet!”
“I am a poet!”
“I am a poet!”

finally there comes the day
of the last dress rehearsal
the director with pubic hair on his chin
is thinking of something
he’s calling me over:
“hey! you are a poet, right?”
how about a recital for our show?”

and so
with a country girl who sings in the underpass
and two migrant workers straining their throats
to tell you they’re old and alone
I am representing the downtrodden masses
the evening before the lunar new year
maybe because I’m a poet
I don’t look as nervous as the three others

2011
Tr. MW, Dec. 2014

 

伊沙
《梦(122)》

在央视1号演播大厅外
我怀抱一件貂皮大衣
颠来跑去
我是给一名王菲级的歌后
抱大衣的
我对所有
质问我是干吗的人们
掷地有声
朗声答道:
“我是诗人!”
“我是诗人!”
“我是诗人!”

终于有一天
最后一次彩排
那个阴毛长在下巴上的导演
想起了什么
把我叫过去:
“喂!你不是诗人吗?
来一段诗朗诵怎么样?”

于是乎
我与在地下通道里卖唱的村姑
还有两名撕扯着喉咙
控诉“老无所依”的民工一道
作为弱势群体的形象代表
出现在春晚舞台上
大概由于我是诗人的缘故
我看起来不像他们那样紧张

2011

NEUES JAHR – 沈浩波 Shen Haobo

三月 3, 2015

shen haobo

Shen Haobo
NEUES JAHR

im abendlicht treten wir auf weizensprossen
die sind im winter auch noch nicht gelb
oma und opa gehen wir besuchen,
wohnen schon viele jahre im grab.
am grab ist ein grabstein, der stein hat die namen der ganzen familie.
oben die großen zeichen sind liebe toten
oh, oma hat keinen eigenen namen
sie heißt einfach shen, geborene yuan
unten sind ganz viele ganz kleine zeichen, das sind die enkel
ein haufen namen, ganz dicht beisammen
wie korn an korn verzahnt ineinander
auf einem maiskolben
die stärkste art von blutsverbindung
nicht zu vertreiben, nicht zu zerstören
all die namen auf dem grabstein
stehen zusammen noch viele jahre
der wind ist stark, das totengeld brennt immer schlecht
vor dem grab kniet meine tochter. “uropa, uroma!
bitte beschützt mich, macht mich ganz ganz froh, jeden tag hab ich zuckerl!”

Übersetzt von MW am 1. März 2015

NUR DIE HANDYS SIND NOCH IN BEWEGUNG – 苏不归 Su Bugui

一月 21, 2015

Su Bugui Neujahr 2015

Su Bugui
NUR DIE HANDYS SIND NOCH IN BEWEGUNG

Am Neujahrsmorgen
mach ich die Augen auf
und hör die Nachrichten.
35 Menschen am Bund getötet
im Gedränge um Mitternacht.

Im Schreck
weck ich gleich die Frau an meiner Seite,
sag ihr was passiert ist.
Was mich wirklich traurig macht
ist der Live-Bericht nachher:

In der Halle der Notaufnahme
liegt groß und klein.
Sie haben eines gemeinsam,
sie atmen nicht mehr.
Bei vielen sind Handys in ihren Taschen noch in Bewegung.
Man sieht, sie empfangen
Neujahrsgrüße.

2015-01-06
Übersetzt von MW im Jänner 2015

GOING HOME FOR LUNAR NEW YEAR – Yi Sha

七月 5, 2014

Yi Sha
GOING HOME FOR LUNAR NEW YEAR

in our red china
a household of four generations of scholars
could end up deep
in a slum

and so in my youth
I had it wild
wilder than kids of labor-camp inmates
at least I knew what was going on

on the first morning in the lunar new year
I took a walk through the old streets
they even looked
just like before

standing there I suddenly realized
my pals from back then had no time to grow up
most of them were caught in a crackdown
and sent up to heaven

2003
Tr. MW, July 2014

伊沙
过年回家的路上

在我红色中国
四代书香之家
也可以坐落在
贫民窟的深处

使我的少年时时代
比劳改犯的儿子
还要野蛮
野蛮又不蒙昧

大年初一的早上
当我信步走过那老巷
发现它们还保持着
过去的模样

当时我站在那里
不免怔怔地想
我儿时的伙伴来不及成长
他们大都被镇压到了天上

2003

新年好!Happy Year of the Horse!

二月 1, 2014

 

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And one more Happy New Year of the Horse

一月 31, 2014

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YAN LI! Yesterday I posted his THREE POEMS FROM THE 1980s. Prominent words and themes in GIVE IT BACK (1986), YOU (1987) and YOU (1989) are “love” and “citizen”. The most prominent news story from China in January 2014 was the trial and sentencing of XU ZHIYONG 许志永, a legal scholar and leading activist of the New Citizen movement. Trials, everything connected with rule of law has been very much in the news for a long time in China. See Han Zongbao’s poem 韩宗宝 from fall 2013, for example.

Xu’s statement in court was titled “FOR FREEDOM, JUSTICE AND LOVE“. I was rather surprised at “love” being evoked as a core political value like “freedom” and “justice”. Liberté, Egalité, Amour? Xu’s statement and the accompanying account of how authorities had tried to warn and intimidate him before he was arrested make it clear that he is not only an activist for the rights of migrant workers and for greater openness about public servants’ financial assets. “Can you explain what you mean by Socialism?”, he asks. This is certainly a very important question. China is a Socialist country, at least by name, just like Vietnam, North Korea and Laos. Are there any others? Socialism for China is like Shiite Islam for Iran. But what does Socialism mean, apart from one-party-rule? I think it’s something to believe in, and to practice, to change the fates of working people through actions of solidarity. Isn’t that what the New Citizen movement was trying to do? But Xu has all but dismissed Socialism and has not tried to invoke it as something originally worth believing in. This is understandable, under the circumstances. But can you imagine someone standing up in court in Iran and asking “Can you explain what Islam entails?” Maybe people do it, I don’t know. They probably wouldn’t dismiss religion.

Actually, it is more complicated. I think Xu is testing what is possible. how far the system will go to crush opposition. In his obstinacy he could be compared to Shi Mingde (Shih Ming-te) 施明德 in Taiwan in the 1980s. But Xu is much younger than Shi was in the late 1980s, he was only 15 in 1989.

Xu Zhiyong

“Me:  Aren’t the communist party and socialism western products? May I ask, what is socialism? If a market economy is socialist, why is democracy and the rule of law, which we are pursuing, not socialist? Does socialism necessarily exclude democracy and the rule of law?”

C:你的一系列文章,比如《人民的国家》,整个照搬西方体制,反党反社会主义,你们的组织活动,几个月发展到几千人,你的行为已经构成犯罪,而且不止一个罪名。
我:共产党、社会主义难道不是西方的吗?请问什么是社会主义?市场经济如果是社会主义,我们追求的民主法治为什么就不是社会主义?社会主义必然和民主法治对立吗?关于反党,这个概念太极端,方针政策对的就支持,错误的就反对,而且,我对任何人都心怀善意,如果共产党经过大选继续执政,我支持。[…] 我可能比你更爱中国!你有空可以看看我写的《回到中国去》,看一个中国人在美国的经历和感想。而你们,多少贪官污吏把财产转移到了国外?

C:爱党,爱国,爱人民,三位一体,你不爱党,怎么爱国爱人民?
我:我的祖国五千年了,来自西方的党还不到百年,将来共产党不会千秋万世永远统治,怎么可能三位一体?我爱中国,我爱13亿同胞,但我不爱党。一个原因是历史上它给我的祖国带来的太残酷的伤害,数千万人饿死,文化大革命彻底摧残了中华民族的精神文化,还有就是今天这个党太肮脏,大量贪官污吏,从申请书到入党宣誓都是在公然撒谎——有几个真的要为共产主义奋斗终身?我厌恶谎言,我厌恶为了私欲不择手段,我厌恶一个人在宣誓的时刻也撒谎。

C:敢说不爱党,算你是好汉。考虑到你的主张自由、公义、爱还不错,目的是好的,本着教育的方针,还是希望爱党,放弃公民活动,多和社会各界接触,看问题更客观些。
我:谢谢提醒,我会努力更加客观理性,既看社会问题,也看新闻联播。具体活动如果有不当之处,我可以听取建议,有些行为如果超前了,可以停下来,都可以协商,但是别说什么犯罪。

C:我知道一时半会改变不了你的观点。看过你的档案,你这个人多年来就像一根针一样那么恒定,立场就在那里一动不动。下次接着谈吧。明天后天下午什么时候你觉得合适?
我:明天吧。[words marked by me, see below]

This dialogue between Xu and Beijing State Security official C is very interesting. There is a measure of mutual respect. Xu has spunk, he is brave and obstinate. He mentions “数千万人饿死”, tens of millions died of hunger, as one of the main reasons for not “loving the party” 爱党, as suggested by his interrogator. This dialogue should be very good material for studying Chinese. This section is from the end of the first day (June 25) of Xu’s interrogations in June 2013. You can compare the original to the translation on http://Chinachange.org.  In the translation, I could not access the link to Xu’s patriotic article Go Back To China 《回到中国去》, written in New York a few years ago, but it seems to be available on several blogs readily accessible in China.

I Don’t Want You to Give Up’ – a public letter by Xu Zhiyong’s wife.

Words like “citizen” and “love”, and any other words or means of expressions, actually, become something remarkably different in a work of art, different from every-day-usage, and usage in political statements. I find Xu’s use of “love” baffling. “Love” strikes me as rather imprecise, compared to “justice”, for example. Love, simply love, not compassion or caritas. Not bo’ai 博爱, just  aì 愛, as in Wo ai ni 我愛你。Imprecise, but endearing, as something obviously non-political. And thus closer to poetry, literature, art? Ubi caritas et amor, deus ibi est. All You Need is Love. And so on.

“If I had a hammer I’d hammer in the morning/  I’d hammer in the evening all over this land/  I’d hammer out danger, I’d hammer out warning/  I’d hammer out love between my brothers and my sisters/ All over this land …” Pete Seeger  (May 3, 1919 – January 27, 2014)

The International Federation of Journalists has issued a report on press freedom in China in 2013. Here are two small excerpts:

“On May 3, a woman named Yuan Liya was found dead

outside Jingwen shopping centre in Beijing. Police said

Yuan had jumped from the shopping centre, but her

parents suspected she was killed after she was raped

by several security guards during the night. On May

8 the media was instructed to republish a statement

issued by the Beijing Police and further ordered that

no information could be gathered from independent

sources. All online news sites were told to downplay the

case and social microblogs were required to remove all

related news items.”

This immediately reminds me of SHENG XUE’s 盛雪 poem YOUR RED LIPS, A WORDLESS HOLE, from early 2007. The original is titled NI KONGDONG WU SHENG DE YU YAN HONG CHUN 你空洞无声的欲言红唇. The poem was translated into German by Angelika Burgsteiner and recited in early March 2013 at TIME TO SAY NO, the PEN Austria event for International Women’s Day, in cooperation with PEN Brazil.

“On May 14, media outlets disclosed that several

primary school principals were involved in scandals

involving sexual exploitation of minors. All of the alleged

victims were primary school students. Some bloggers

initiated a campaign aimed at protecting children, but

the authorities demanded that the media downplay

both the scandal and the campaign.”

Cf. Lily’s Story 丽丽传 by Zhao Siyun 赵思云, from 2012.

In China, a Young Feminist Battles Sexual Violence Step by Step

China Avantgarde

 

 

 

This painting courtesy of Yan Li

 

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UNITED IN SOLIDARITY. 聯合抗議拜新年。HAPPY YEAR OF THE SNAKE! 祝大家蛇年快樂!

二月 9, 2013

《新诗典》以本诗为天下苍生祈福! //@老纪微波:抄送@长安伊沙
In bloom in the chanting
Zhan Che
Chanting sutras, blossoms opening
– stopping by the shrine of the Le Sheng Old People’s Home
[to be demolished]

100 year old banyan tree stretching its roots
sunlight in the wind tipping millions of leaves
some kind of music comes from these instruments
from strings and keys
from hairs and tongues
lepers kneeling before Buddha statues
wrists without hands
wrists that had knives tied to them for cutting vegetables
wrists, mallets tied to them beating wooden fish
– wooden fish swimming in sounds of bells
sounds of bells swimming in rain

those fish without noses
bats with no eyes
earthworms with no hands or feet
by the sound of those wooden fish
growing into whatever they planted
osmanthus smiles magnolia
scents through their four elements six roots of desire
through their five sensory organs in forms of flowers
scents drawing in sutra chanting
in the unseen world –
from their deformed hands feet noses lips
growing twigs and leaves
osmanthus blossoms magnolia smiles
smiling bodhisattvas
in scents of sandalwood and flowers
lighting lanters to walk through the night

but they will be banished by rigid laws
this cultural heritage for all mankind fits into
colonial history public health human rights
they are helpless in this official-commercial structure
but they will take to the streets kneeling and praying
with their deformed blood-swollen hands and feet
kneeling praying entreating towering authorities
bringing their muttering whispering groaning
flower scents and chanting sutras
drip into memory drop in the rain

Published in Unitas Daily (Taiwan) June 23, 2006
http://www.wretch.cc/blog/htycy/4055637

Tr. MW Febr. 9, 2013

詹撤
在梵唱中開花
-駐足於樂生療養院佛堂邊

【2006/06/23 聯合報】 【詹澈】

百年榕樹還在往下伸長鬚根
陽光在風中翻動百千萬計的樹葉
有一種音樂來自那些根鬚與葉片的樂器
那些弦和鍵
那些髮和舌
那些跪在佛像前的痲瘋病患者
用沒有手掌的手腕
綁過菜刀切菜的手腕
綁著木槌敲著木魚
──木魚游在鐘聲裡
鐘聲遊在雨絲中

那些沒有鼻的魚
沒有眼的蝙蝠
沒有手和腳的蚯蚓
都在木魚鐘聲中
長成他(她)們植栽的桂花 玉蘭花 含笑
花香瀰漫在他(她)們的四大與六根
他(她)們的五官有了各種花的形狀
香氣隱隱引著誦經聲
冥冥中──
從他(她)們殘缺的手掌腳趾鼻脣裡
長出了樹枝與樹葉
開出了桂花 玉蘭花與含笑
含笑的佛菩薩們
在檀香與花香交融中
點亮了暗夜前行的路燈

然而他(她)們將被僵化的法令遷徒
這合於人權的 殖民史的 公衛史的
人類共有的文化古蹟 一群與建築
在官商結構中弱弱無依
然而他(她)們將要去跪拜遊行
用殘缺的紅腫膿血的手腳
向著尖聳的權勢跪拜懇求
帶著噥噥喃喃 嘸嘸唔唔的
在雨聲中滴答著記憶的梵唱與花香

SPRING SNOW 春雪

一月 22, 2013

Yi Sha
Yi Sha

SPRING SNOW

when I was prepared
to enter spring
it snowed again

every snow
brings good feelings
makes me pray

dear god
for suicides tomorrow morning
let it snow once more
they need it

2005
Tr. MW 2013/1

伊沙

春雪

在我做好了準備
走進春天的時候
又下了一場雪

每一場雪
都會帶來好心情
它讓我祈禱–

老天爺
為明天早上的自殺者
在下一場吧
他們需要

2005

2008年开始翻译了几首,瑞士NZZ他们要很短的,所以最近给他们寄 《春雪》等等,从《尿床》一本台湾版选几首最短的。有《精神病患者》、《感恩的酒鬼》、《致敬》、《我想杀人》、《鸽子》等等。也许他们还会登出一两。 2008年偶尔读《雪天里的几种事物》,很喜欢,翻译了以后寄给报刊,他回答说很喜欢,不过一直未登出,太长。译文可以查看在这里

More poems by Yi Sha in German

Yi Sha became well-known in the 1990s for acerbic remarks on other poets. He has been widely criticized himself. Spring is a time of hope. The Chinese moon year begins with Spring Festival, the biggest holiday of the year. Typically for Yi Sha, this poem sounds rather mundane, laconic and depressing, dashing most expectations connected with poetry.  The line “For suicides tomorrow morning” is a little truncated in my German version that was printed in the Neue Zürcher Zeitung (see image). “Für die Selbstmörder von morgen” makes a better rhythm than “Für die Selbstmörder von morgen früh”. In English I wasn’t tempted to leave out the morning. But you could say “dear god/for suicides in the morning/ let it snow once more.” In German there is something like a rhyme within the first two lines. When I was prepared/ To stride into spring/ it snowed again. Does it sound better this way in English too? You decide.
Why did I pick this particular poem? I didn’t pick it for publication. Andreas Breitenstein at NZZ (Neue Zürcher Zeitung) likes to print poems whenever he can wrangle a little space in any particular day’s edition. They have to be short. I had translated another poem by Yi Sha about snowfall in 2008. Mr. Breitenstein liked it, but it was too long. So I looked through Yi Sha’s collection Niao Chuang 尿床 (Wetting the bed), published in Taiwan in 2009. It’s a very nice edition. Huang Liang 黃梁, a critic in Taiwan, has brought out two ten-volume Series of Mainland Avantgarde Poetry 大陸先鋒詩叢, in 1999 and 2009. A great resource.  I just picked some of the shortest poems in there.


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