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TRIVIALITIES: LONG AND SHORT 徐江 Xu Jiang

5月 3, 2021

Xu Jiang
TRIVIALITIES: LONG AND SHORT

The France I used to like has disappeared,
Paris is thronged with people from places
very far away from the outskirts of Gaul.
The America I used to love
has gone back into the movies.
Many people who live there now are villains from fiction,
Robert Penn Warren, William Styron, Faulkner and Steinbeck.
Hemingway characters have been condensed into fairytales.
And those bumpkins ridiculed by Thomas Wolfe,
they would like to hold the world by its throat as a matter of course.
I am thinking of Ellery Queen, Bogart, Jack Nicholson
and all sorts of Pacino,
standing between shadows and light, DeNiro people.
I am not sure whether the lives
described by the great Annie Proulx and Ring Lardner
have really existed.
If it really was like that,
then Philip Roth and Salinger, those two masters,
they didn’t have it any easier than Bernard Malamud or myself.
The Britain I liked and also hated,
the world of Dickens, Hardy, Emily Brontë, Evelyn Waugh,
also the world of Guy Maddin.
Chaplin and Hitchcock, they came from England,
no matter if they thought of it as their grandmother‘s home or whatever,
that kind of world is gone, no-one can go back to it.
Italy, of Umberto Saba’s bitter poetry,
of Tornatore’s splendor,
Fellini’s ghosts and deities,
a world has gone under but another world has not risen.
Poor Barcelona, poor Spain,
aside from Messi, what else can you make me think of?
The bullets shot at Lorca?
Thick smoke covers Cervantes and Unamuno.
But you are singing, saying what does this have to do with you?
As you go north, farther north, everywhere north in the world
you’ll run into people drinking forever.
They are crawling out of Ibsen, Hamsun, Dostoyevski’s White Nights,
Crawling all the way till today until half of what Solzhenitsyn described is gone.
I really don’t know if this is a good thing or not.
Neither Tolstoy nor Maupassant nor the wisdom of Martin du Gard can advise me.
Old Hesse stares into the distance with his Steppenwolf eyes and doesn’t speak.
At this time everyone can understand a little why Stefan Zweig and Richard Strauss broke down.
Bukowski didn’t care about any of this, he drank a bottle and went on writing.
Pasternak screwed up his horse face and stared at a row of trees in the snow.
Wandering souls drive their chariots, circling and circling,
soundlessly crushing expectations and fear;
crushing Nietzsche and Stephen Hawking, actually
all of this can be seen to belong to Stephen King.
But it’s ok,
just be glad it’s still ok,
food is eaten, television’s turned on.
Ineffective dreams are about to start,
about to start again.
You will wake up, we will wake up,
from utter sadness, wake up to enter
indefinite nights, poisoned days.
Yes, everything definitely indefinite.
Let us clear away this forest,
let us see the distance in the past.
Not so we can see the past,
but so we can see once more
the distance we longed for.

Translated by MW on May 2nd, 2021

新世纪诗典作品联展#徐江#(32.0)

伊沙推荐:徐氏现代感怀赋体诗,是徐江在一首决胜争奖时惯用的杀手锏,确实能够展示一名诗人的综合修养与实力,但在我的评判中并非次次都奏效,取决于真知灼见与书生义气所占比例之多寡,当然是前者百分比越高就越好。本诗不算高也不算低,所以入典推荐但不染指荣誉,好在作者新近刚获李白诗歌奖新世纪中国十大诗人奖并继续保持满额。

Calligraphy by Huang Kaibing

Calligraphy by Huang Kaibing

况禹点评《新诗典》徐江《杂事诗·长短调》:本诗的缘起当然是横行全球的新冠疫情,主题则是这一疫情下文明的崩溃与混乱,以及人所应持有的正确反应。属于作者当下题材的作品中,最重要的主题之一。

Calligraphy by Huang Kaibing

Calligraphy by Huang Kaibing

黎雪梅读《新世纪诗典》之徐江《杂事诗.长短调:》这是一首关于疫情的诗歌,在诗中你能感受到各种秩序的混乱,无论欧洲还是美洲;你还能遇见很多熟悉的作家及诗人的名字,仿佛跨越时空,他们都站在你的面前,与你探讨自由、正义和死亡等有关人类存在最基本的问题,也许每个人的观点不同,但人们还是看见了远方的曙光,这正是人类的希望所在。

黄开兵:密集恐惧症——抄了两个多小时!孩子都快看完两部电影了。推荐词部分特意用了朱墨书写,避免因为密集而难以辨别。视觉效果不错!

Calligraphy by Huang Kaibing

Calligraphy by Huang Kaibing

黄平子读徐江《杂事诗·长短调》

——《新世纪诗典》3682

黄平子读诗:百度了一下“长短调”,由于该词涉及到音乐、摄影等知识,徐江老师又将其运用到诗里,我还是搞不大明白。不懂不装懂,这是我的读诗原则。猜一下:该诗叫长短调,大约是前后两节写了不同的内容,用了不同的手法吧。从“我喜欢的法国消失了”到“所有这些你也都可以看成是斯蒂芬·金”是诗的第一小节。诗人从法国开始,先后写到美国、英国、意大利、巴萨罗那、西班牙、北方、更北方、全世界所有的北方。诗人通过追忆那些逝去的大师们,最终发出感慨:“一个世界沉没了可另一个世界并没有升起来”。从“不过还好”到“我们过去向往的远方”是诗的第二小节。诗人由回忆回到现实:“你将醒来我们将醒来/从确切的悲伤中醒来”。过去很美好,现在不尽人意,不过将来肯定会更好。徐江不是悲观论者,这一点,诗写得很清楚:“不是为了看到过去/而是为了重新看一看/我们过去向往的远方”。第一小节偏叙事,第二小节偏议论。从百度关于长短调的定义来看,第一小节应该属于短调,第二小节属于长调。不知道有没有搞错。好几个诗人都说这是一首疫情诗。我觉得不是。《长短调》缅怀的是逝去的大师和过去璀璨的文明:“那样的世界今天的人现在都回不去了”。

2021年5月2日21记47分

Calligraphy by Huang Kaibing

Calligraphy by Huang Kaibing

马金山|读徐江的诗《杂事诗·长短调》的十一条:
1、文字燃烧思想,现实成就诗史;
2、当代性,即先锋性。活出文明,诗写人生;
3、徐江,毕业于北京师范大学中文系。1991年创办《葵》。著有诗集《黄昏前说起天才》《徐江的诗》《花火》《雾》《杂事诗》《我斜视》、诗学论著《这就是诗》《现代诗物语》等二十余种。主持编选《1991年以来的中国诗歌》《给孩子们的诗》。五次荣获新世纪诗典“李白诗歌奖”。曾获首届亚洲诗人奖、《世界诗人》2006年度国际最佳诗人;
4、徐江的诗,尤其是短制系列作品,是极其少有的值得我整理打印出来一读再读的,其作品给我最多的意义在于丰富与智慧,并且文字的言外之意,何等绚烂、精彩;
5、《杂事诗》系列,对于诗人徐江来说,应该是尤为重要的,不仅如此,对于新世纪的诗坛来说,何偿不是一部重要的作品呢,既有个人化的印记,还有时代的呼吸与脉搏,庞大而丰富;
6、本诗写作的背景,毫不回避的是现实与疫情,不只如此,还有个体的情感与生活,除此之外,还有审视的眼光和内在的格局,均对世界物象的触感具有智性的广度与深度;
7、诗里行间,不仅有细小的颗粒,还有辽阔的世界性建构,在纹理细腻的情感排列中,既有清晰的空间,还有现代的文明,锋利而又鲜活;
8、浓厚与庞杂,是这个世界的秩序,还是我读这首史诗的深切感受,几乎每一节,都是芬芳,都是灿烂与文明,这是很多作品所不具备的,而此诗有,想要的一切;
9、未来可期,这是本诗给予我提供的精神价值,传递健康积极的生活态度与思想观念,也是此诗给予的力量;
10、本诗给予诗人的启示:“伟大的诗,源于伟大的时代,而这个时代,何尝不是伟大的历史时期呢”;
11、时代之诗,文化之诗,文明史记。

COLLECTIVE WORK – 潘洗尘 Pan Xichen

10月 16, 2020

Pan Xichen
COLLECTIVE WORK

There is no theatre of the absurd.
There is no absurdist fiction.
There are no absurdist movies.

Dream interpretation isn‘t absurd.
Cabbage isn’t absurd.
Salmon isn’t absurd.

There is no absurd Erhu.
There is no absurd football.
There is no absurd audience.

There is only absurd reality.

7/29/20
Translated by MW, Oct. 2020

(Geng Zhanchun and Shu Cai participated in writing this poem, so it’s a Collective Work.)

伊沙主持 | 新世纪诗典10一周联展(2020.10.11——10.17)

MYTHEN AUS NORD-SHAANXI:李岩 Li Yan

8月 28, 2020

Li Yan
MYTHEN AUS NORD-SHAANXI

Nachdem Mo Yan den Nobelpreis bekommen hat,
haben Leute in Lu Yaos Heimatort gesagt,
Lu Yao sei gestorben.
Gestorben?
Wie könnt er die Welt dem kleinen Kerl überlassen,
der müsste Fürze essen und kaltes Wasser trinken.
Der kleine Kerl hat noch Briefe an Lu Yao geschrieben.
Lu Yao ist ein Heiliger!
Was ist der kleine Kerl, eine Dattel-Teigfülllung?
Lu Yao hat einen Tempel, der ist schon gebaut!
Und zwar von der Regierung.

April 2020
Übersetzt von MW im August 2020

 

1977 – 何金 He Jin

5月 11, 2020

He Jin
1977

It was a beautiful time,
it was a fucking bad time.
We supposed-to-be-educated youths went off to exams
and more than half fell through.
If I had managed to fill in those two blanks,
I would have survived.
Who was Cao Xueqin?
Who was Qin Keqing?

Forward to now, Cao wrote Dream of the Red Chamber, everyone knows.
Qin Keqing, she’s one of 12 beauties
in the mystery novel,
the one most tight with Sister Feng.
In that blank space,
I drew a cow turd.
In the space for Cao Xueqin, because I was mad,
I wrote he was the third little girl
of old Cao
in our backyard.

2/10/20
Translated by MW, May 2020

He Jin, orig. name Jin Weixin, Muslim Hui nationality, born in the last lunar month of 1956. Published a story collection, one book of poetry and one book of essays. Poems and stories appeared in anthologies. In January 2018 he founded the poetry magazine Xiao Shi Jie (Small Verse World). He lives in Jilin city. 《新诗典》小档案:何金,原名金伟信,回族,1956年腊月出生。著有小说集《沉默的星空》、诗集《身体的宣言》、随笔集《平民天堂》。作品收入《中国口语诗年鉴》(2019年卷)、《中国回族文学通史·当代卷》。2018年1月创办《小诗界》诗刊,现居吉林市。

 

 

 

 

OCTOBER 1

10月 1, 2019

OCTOBER 1

today is october 1
nothing special in austria
i sit in the sun on our balcony
it’s very warm
seventy years ago
my parents were very young
they didn’t know each other
my mother was born in 1942
my father in 1940
so they were very small school kids
poor families
my mother had it a little better
in the countryside by the railway
as far as i heard
her father was alive
my father’s father didn’t come back
from the war
many many many many
people never came back
many children too
from the camps
from the ruins
but i think by 1949
my parents were both in school
they were relatively lucky
austria was relatively lucky
after the war
october 1 or october 1st
is no special day in austria
we had an election two days ago
so people talk about that
i think about seventy years ago
because of china’s national day
they have another one in taiwan
on october 10
it commemorates the revolution
in 1911 in china, in wuhan
in all of china eventually
no more emperors
but not in taiwan, not on taiwan
taiwan was under japan
no revolution
although people tried, maybe not that year
now taiwan has it’s national day
on october 10
they’ve had it this way since 1949
maybe since 1945
but since 1949 they are the only ones
with that national day
that comes from china in 1911
or maybe not exactly
did they change their national day
in 1949 right away?
maybe not
in beijing they have the greatest parade
since 1949 maybe
yes, many soldiers, tanks
school kids en masse, probably
forming words, numbers, flowers
great fireworks
i have just finished steven king’s new novel
the institute
i remember when someone interviewed ernst jandl
great austrian poet who died in 2000
it was in his apartment in vienna
he was a school teacher
anyway the reporter was rather surprised
jandl told him he had just bought a novel by stephen king
no, nothing more highbrow
in english, i think
jandl taught english and german
he was a pow in england
his unit had succeeded
in surrendering to the british
so they were lucky, those who survived
anyway jandl told the reporter
no, he didn’t need to read
highbrow stuff all the time
he wanted to write democratic poetry
anyway
not too different from erich fried
in this respect
they met in england
fried had fled from the nazis in 1938
out of vienna
he was not much older than jandl
almost the same age
after the war he was mostly in germany
jandl was in vienna
what was i talking about, stephen king
children not coming back
most of the children the book is about
the institute
most don’t come back
almost all of them don’t
over many years
thousands
in several countries
and there is this messianic thing
about this horrible institution
described in the novel
i am sorry guess i should use another word
most children murdered were jewish
in austria and so on
pointed out as jews
and messias is jewish
like everything in the bible of course
the institute is supposed to save the world
at the cost of killing children
and their parents
and this takes place now under trump
although he’s hardly mentioned
and not important
but they have existed since after the war
these institutes
in the novel
no-one ever came back
they saved the world, they said
not the children, of course
there is also another handmaid’s tale
margaret atwood
the testaments
haven’t read it yet
but i bought it
i loved the first one
the handmaid’s tale
it was a long time ago
i read it in english
when did it come out, 30 years ago?
maybe more
now they have the tv series
suddenly these two or three years
everyone talks about it
under trump and so on
although they are not that important
these strongmen
although many people are incarcerated
because of them
in many countries
including children
we are living in dystopian times
end of the world
we are lucky in austria
most of us are, relatively
it’s a very warm day
big demonstrations last friday
climate strike
many children, school children
more children than workers

so whether today
when you read this
is a special day for you
or not

have a good day

 

MW October 1st 2019

 

Photo by Johannes Fiederling

 

 

 

DIE FIGUR DES TRAUMS DER ROTEN KAMMER – 李勋阳

6月 1, 2017

LI Xunyang
DIE FIGUR DES TRAUMS DER ROTEN KAMMER

In dieser kleinen Stadt
hab ich schon oft
an irgendwelchen Ecken
kleine Bücherverkäufer gesehen,
es geht nach Gewicht.
Aber ich war noch nie Kunde,
weil ich eben auch
ein Schriftsteller bin.
An diesem Abend
am Eingang zu einer Wohnhausanlage
unter einer Straßenlampe
ist auf einmal wieder ein Stand.
Ich schau lange Zeit,
seh doch nur den “Traum der roten Kammer”,
von dem ich schon so viele Ausgaben habe.
Gewogen und nach Haus gebracht,
dann bin ich neugierig
und wieg noch einmal mit meiner Küchenwaage.
Der Traum ist 150 Gramm dünner
als vorher bei dem jungen Verkäufer.

Übersetzt von MW im Juni 2017

《红楼梦的身材》
李勋阳

我曾好几次
在这个小城的一些角落
见到过论斤称卖
的小书摊
但却不曾上前光顾过
当然是因为
我也是一个写作者
这天傍晚
小区门口
路灯下
突然出现一个同样的书摊来
我挑了半天
也只有我自己已经拥有
好几个版本的《红楼梦》可买
称回家后
我抑制不住好奇
用自家的厨房电子称
称了称
发现比小伙子称的
瘦了三两

100_DAYS_OF_T, 100_YEARS_OF_WORLD_WAR

5月 3, 2017

Photo by ClaireVoon / Hyperallergic

BEAUTIFUL ANIMALS

animals are we, beautiful animals
trees are we, fair as the light
ranges are we, strong as the wind
animals are we, frolicking animals
animals are we, miserable animals

MW January-Mai 2017

漂亮动物
@维马丁

我们是动物,漂亮的动物
我们是树,漂亮的光
我们是山丘,風一样强壮
我们是动物,快乐的动物
我们是動物,可憐的動物

2017/1

 

아름다운 동물
@마틴 윈터

우리는 동물, 아름다운 동물
우리는 나무, 아름다운 빛
우리는 산언덕, 바람처럼 건장하고
우리는 동물, 즐거운 동물
우리는 동물, 가련한 동물

2017/1

(韓)郭美蘭 译

 

SCHÖNE TIERE

tiere sind wir, schön wie die tiere
bäume sind wir, schön wie das licht
hänge sind wir, stark wie der wind
tiere sind wir, froh wie die tiere
tiere sind wir, erbärmliche tiere

MW Januar 2017

JOHN GRISHAM

the firm
the not-so-firm
the altogether weak
the dead
(oh! that last one is by mr. james joyce, another great american writer!)

MW April 2017

 

 

《伊沙回家我用中文做梦》

3月 31, 2015

46

《伊沙回家我用中文做梦》

梦见两个女孩子
好像很久跟她们很熟
她们来找书
我跟妻子在路上
房间里书也不多
我正在翻译
美国女作家派翠西亞·海史密斯
梦里她写中文
翻译的小说不能给她们
所以跟她们去原来的家
跟父母住的地方
梦里通过走廊就到
书应该很多
到了房间想拉开窗帘
摸到变成蜻蜓的翅膀

2015/3

Murong Xuecun, Yu Hua, Liu Zhenyun, Bob Dylan and Rivers of Bablyon

8月 5, 2012

I don’t think Murong Xuecun exaggerates, like one commentator suggested on the MCLC list. Yes, you could encompass many alarming, saddening, embarrassing stories in one speech in other places than China, and people do it all the time, naming names, practices, products. The difference is that in China you will be silenced more swiftly and harshly. Yes, there are exceptions.

Does Mo Yan revel in cruelty like Dan Brown? Does Yu Hua make better use of the cruel parts in his novels? Ok, I’m an interested party, I can’t really say. Would be interesting to analyze in detail. Mo Yan’s novels are great works, at least those I have read, he has written a lot. Deep, cathartic, even accusing use of cruel events and structures. I love Yu Hua’s tone. And I associate Liu Zhenyun in Remember 1942, and Murong Xuecun’s Sky and Autumn speech.

We had Jeremiah in church today, along with that story where a guy goes abroad and gives his gold and silver to his servants. The ones that receive more trade with it, and when their lord comes back, they can give him double. The one who received very little buries it, and when the lord comes back, he digs it out and says, I know you are a harsh governor and reap where you haven’t sown, so I was afraid to lose what you gave me, and kept it double safe. His colleagues get to join the big party, and are rewarded with great posts. He is cast out into the darkness, which is filled with howling and chattering teeth. It’s a horrible story. Yes, it’s a parable, and if you have very little reason for faith, you should still risk it and try to make more, because if you bury it deep in your heart you might lose the little trust you had and received and be cast out into the darkness. But if you are the one who has reason to be afraid, how can you trust your lords? The ones who have more and get more have it easy. Even if they lose everything, they are often rewarded – those powerful managers and functionaries. And if there are enough of those who are cast out, and they get organized, maybe some bishops or other lords might dangle from lamp posts. A Hussite reading, said my wife. Yeah, maybe. No shortage of horrible stories in Chinese literature, like in the Bible.

Jeremiah is even worse, it’s a much bigger story, infinitely more horrible. And there is a detail, not in the Jeremiah parts used in church today, but in the songs in exile. By the rivers of Babylon, where we sat down, where we wept when we remembered Zion. And in the end the singer wishes, or the singers wish they will one day brutally kill the children of the oppressors. That’s the detail in Murong Xuecun’s speech I was thinking about.

The calling of Jeremiah, where he says he’s too young, and God says he has to go and obey, and open his mouth, and God will put His words into his mouth, and he will be set above nations and kingdoms, so he can pluck out and demolish, ruin and destroy, as well as plant and build. The preacher said she thought of parting and setting off to other posts, and how the Marschallin in Hugo von Hofmannsthal’s and Richard Strauss’ Rosenkavalier sings of what she will have to give up. What a horrible comparison! There is nothing light in Jeremiah. There are no waltzes. Ok, Rivers of Babylon, yes. But with Jeremiah, if you have to mention Austrian writers, Franz Werfel would be much more apt. Werfel was Jewish and used Jeremiah, a lot. Ok, she did mention, much too briefly how nobody would heed Jeremiah, and that it’s actually the most terrible story.

Anyway, when I heard Jeremiah, I thought of Bob Dylan. Masters of War. “How much do I know, to talk out of turn? You might say that I’m young; you might say I’m unlearned. But there is one thing I know, though I’m younger than you, it’s that Jesus would never forgive what you do. […] And I’ll watch while you’re lowered onto your deathbed, and I’ll stand on your grave and make sure that you’re dead.” I don’t know if Dylan thought of Nixon and Kissinger explicitly, when he wrote this song. America’s Vietnam War was raging, and I think the song came out when Nixon and Kissinger where in power. Anyway, there is that Monty Python song about Kissinger. Very explicit. Dylan and Monty Python would not be able to sing these songs in China on stage today, to say nothing about what Chinese artists can do. No, Murong Xuecun doesn’t exaggerate.

x and y

x was cruel

butt is sore

y was able

and suave.

both loved culture

both destroyed

hundred million

butts are cold

MW         March 2007

Yes, I thought of Mao and Nixon, and their sidekicks. But x and y could stand for many people, and could be mentioned anywhere, at least today. Almost anywhere, probably. Anyway, it’s about smoking, you know. Littering. OK, enough for today.


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