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VICE-PRESIDENT SAID, SPREAD A STALL – 李海泉 Li Haiquan

七月 1, 2020

Li Haiquan
VICE-PRESIDENT SAID, SPREAD A STALL ON THE GROUND

Apartment holders of Gaodang compound
(most from North Shaanxi)
go to housing management and demand
to grant them a spot by the gate
for milking goats.
And so at the gate the wondrous sight
of a truck appears holding five or six goats
with bulging udders.
Mornings and evenings apartment people
wait in long lines
for the goats to arrive.
The ones at the end
find in their bowls
freshly squeezed blood.

6/17/20
Translated by MW, July 1st, 2020

 

1977 – 乌城

四月 6, 2017

Wu Cheng
1977

When I was born,
father went to the countryside to buy eggs
to nourish my mother.
On the way back
he ran into a roadblock set up by militia
who confiscated the eggs
to “cut off capitalist tails”.
Profiteering was strictly prohibited.
Father wouldn’t give up.
In that village
he looked up a distant relative,
asked him for help to get the eggs back.
The relative said
a militia man’s wife also just had her baby,
only half of the eggs could be given back.

Tr. MW, April 2017

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四月 4, 2017

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die türkei ist eine schande
die eu ist eine schande
österreich ist eine schande
wenn jemand der will
dass mehr leute ertrinken
damit mehr leute abgeschreckt werden
wenn so ein junger tüchtiger mann
unbegleitet
nicht wirklich
wenn so jemand schreit
gegen die türkei
dann hilft das nur
dem türkischen
dem russischen
dem ungarischen
dem amerikanischen
parteifürsten
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MW April 2017

FELL DOWN AND DIED WATCHING THE MOVIES:寒玉

十二月 17, 2016

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Han Yu
FELL DOWN AND DIED WATCHING THE MOVIES

as a bonus for the workers
at the all men’s dormitory
the mine partitioned the uppermost floor
and set up rooms for visiting spouses
from the opposite roof
you could see any move that went on inside
that was a secret all mine workers knew
one summer
one man fell from the roof
everyone said
he fell down and died watching the movies

Tr. MW, December 2016

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