Posts Tagged ‘Sarajewo’

9/11, 20 years on

9月 12, 2021

20

9/11 is like 1989.
People will remember.
20, 30, a hundred years after.
One such year is more than enough
in a lifetime, if you were there
among the carnage
or when the wall came down,
or was opened​, at first.
I was on a beach in 1989,
in the winter.
Weeks on a beach,
and Romania burned,
after Czechoslovakia didn’t,
and so on and so on.
A beach in Thailand, sunset beach.
Sunrise is on the other side
of the peninsula.
There is a mountain in between,
and there was one water buffalo left,
as far as I remember.
Krabi, Krabi! crie the boatsmen,
we didn’t go back to Krabi, the nearest town,
for quite a while.
Newspapers were from days ago, a week ago.
It was a marvelous year.
In 1989, I was in Taiwan, and in between, in the US and in Thailand.
In 2001, I was in Beijing.
Jackie worked in the Austrian embassy.
I was teaching and translating.
We saw it on TV, not right away,
as far as I remember.
We talked to friends and relatives
on the phone.
It was two years after 1999,
when Belgrade was bombarded.
They bombed the Chinese embassy,
it’s still not clear why.
I was in China then too,
in Chongqing.
I cried when I saw the towns over there on TV,
it looked too much like home.
They did to Belgrade what the Serbian side
had done to Sarajewo, and other cities,
and there was the massacre of Srebrenica
and so on and so on.
Yugoslavia is the place in Europa
that had no walls coming down in 1989,
rather some going up, more and more.
In 2012 we did a magazine issue here in Vienna,
Headfirst through the Great Wall of China,
or something like that.
It was crazy.
We had Yan Jun for reciting poetry and drama,
and we had Hui Ye, a very versatile local artist, mostly based in Austria.
Yan Jun is a famous poet and experimental musician from Lanzhou,
lives mostly in Beijing, very much on the fringe.
So we were doing a small local magazine,
but we were so excited, we told all the world!
I did, mostly. It was really great.
We had Yugoslavia, mainland China, Taiwan
and a Turkish German author wrote
the Great Wall was a sleeping dragon
that woke up once in a few centuries
and people came to grief.
And the magazine editor wanted to kill that,
thought it was disrespectful.
I don’t think he knew anyone from China.
How is this about 9/11?
9/11 was like 1989, in a way.
Everyone knows what happened in 1989,
or everyone doesn’t,
depends where you are.
There are still thousands of people
who died in New York on that day,
but there are no remnants.
They are still searching for traces.

MW September 2021

 

 

 

BOMBENTRICHTERVERWENDUNG:苏不归

2月 2, 2017

su_bugui

Su Bugui
BOMBENTRICHTERVERWENDUNG

ich hab über Sarajewo geschrieben –
“große und kleine granatentreffer
die trichter ausgefüllt mit roter farbe”

nach meiner treffertheorie
schreib ich nicht noch einmal über trichter

aber heut in den nachrichten –
syrische kinder
schwimmen
in bombentrichtern

im fernsehen
ein paar dunkelhäutige kinder
raufen sich um zu springen
die kleinen köpfe lugen heraus
überglücklich

09/10/16
Übersetzt von MW im Januar 2017

bombentrichter

VERTEIDIGT SARAJEWO – 伊沙

4月 15, 2015

Yi Sha
VERTEIDIGT SARAJEWO

die erde bebt
als ob der himmel brennt
walter
du stehst am brückenkopf
hörst die kirchenglocken
ein schlag nach dem andern
unter den parteistandarten
die altstadt ein haufen ruinen
walter
du weißt was du gebrauchst
ist nicht mehr ein kennwort
was verteidigt werden muss
ist auch nicht nur
der boden
es ist der wind
ob er durchwehen kann
die gassen in feindeshand
zwischen verlassenen
häusern hindurch
auch wenn nur eine
eidechse überbleibt
spricht sie serbokroatisch
vielleicht bleiben nach einer explosion
nur noch kreisende mücken
aber du musst dich dennoch anzünden
walter walter
die erde bebt
als ob der himmel brennt

1989
Übers. v. MW, 2015

《保卫萨拉热窝》

大地在颤抖
仿佛天空在燃烧
瓦尔特
当你伫立桥头
听教堂钟声
一记记锻打着
残垣断壁
在党卫军旗帜的抚摸下
故城已变成一片废墟
瓦尔特
你就知道你所使用的
不再是一句暗语
需要保卫的
也不仅仅是
沦陷的土地
而是风
能否自由通行
在失陷的街巷之间
在空掉的
房间与房间之间
哪怕只剩下
最后一支壁虎
也说着塞尔维亚语言
也许在一场爆炸之后
只留下飞翔的蚊子
但还是要将自己点燃
瓦尔特 瓦尔特
大地在颤抖
仿佛天空在燃烧

1989


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