Posts Tagged ‘noodles’

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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PASTA – 朱劍

一月 18, 2018

Zhu Jian
PASTA

Went back to Hunan in early August,
to change my family registration,
so I can officially live in Xi’an.
Ran into an old guy from my clan,
who said, kid,
this time you rip out your roots when you go.
In Xi’an first day back
for my first meal, walked into
Great Leap’s Spinach Noodle House,
oil-sprinkled pasta.
Local people call them
Soul Returns Home.

2017-08-10
Translated by MW, January 2018

 


朱剑

八月初回湖南老家
正式将我的户口
迁到了陕西西安
家中一位长辈说
你这伢子
这下就算连根走喽
返回西安当天
第一顿饭是去
跃进手工菠菜面馆
吃了碗油泼面
老陕管这
叫回魂面

(2017年8月10日)

 


주검

8월 초에 湖南성에 있는 고향으로 돌아가
정식으로 나의 호적을
陕西성 西安에 이적하였다
집안 어른 한 분이 말했다
너 이놈, 괘씸하구려
인젠 뿌리까지 뽑아 가져가
西安으로 돌아 온 당일
첫 식사는
跃进 오리지널 시금치 면점에 들러
油泼면을 한 그릇 먹었다
섬서 사람들은
이것을 回魂면이라 부른다

 

(2017年8月10日)

 

(韩) 郭美兰 (美) 洪君植

MINE WORKERS AND TEA EGGS

六月 26, 2014

Feng Xuan

Feng Xuan
MINE WORKERS AND TEA EGGS

actually, they have
just finished their early shift
and found a noodle shop
to let their spent up bodies rest for a while

handmade noodles, two yuan fifty fen
they don’t want to pay any more for the sauce
only a tea-egg
colored much like their skin
happiness rolled into one
they keep the egg and the soup till the end
as if to remind themselves
not to let this darkness
pass into their wives’ pregnant bellies

Tr. MW, June 2014


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