Posts Tagged ‘spring’

A REASON NOT TO CRY – 龚志坚

五月 16, 2017

Gong Zhijian
A REASON NOT TO CRY

spring wind, a pair of cattle trying to mate
first time it won’t work
second time, with the help of the holder
they finish the old rite of life
joy is so short, giving birth takes so long
spring wind, please give this moaning cow
a reason not to cry

Tr. MW, May 2017

SEELE

五月 10, 2017

SEELE

die seele der feste ring
aus stroh den du aufheben kannst
für den nächsten adventkranz
seelen halten viele jahre
sind aber auch gut
für ein beet am balkon

in ostrava
früher mährisch-ostrau
im großen technischen museum
im eisenwerk vitkovice
steht ein schneckenhaus für die seele
netter versuch
das museum hat insgesamt ziemlich viel seele
allein schon der garten
und jede der vielen vielen abteilungen
sehr viel interaktiv
penisse
vorne gegabelt bei manchen tieren
delphine
fische anpeilen
schwierig für menschenohren
am eingang der ct-scan
stell dich hin
heb den arm, langsam
du siehst in den körper
von den füßen hinauf
mann oder frau
weiß nicht ob sie auch kind haben
nein es ist nicht dein eigener körper
es war ein sträfling
erklärt die nette junge dame
für uns auf englisch
2000 mal in scheiben geschnitten
die frau 2500 mal
es war in amerika
wie gesagt das museum hat seele
nicht zu reden vom ganzen gelände
sehr zu empfehlen!

MW Mai 2017

HAIKU

五月 3, 2017

die abendsonne
verwandelt beton und stahl
im frühjahr in sand

MW Mai 2017

SCHUSSSTRICH

四月 17, 2017

IN CHRISTLICHEN LÄNDERN

in christlichen ländern
hat man das allerschlimmste gesehen
jesus und seine jünger
feierten den letzten seder
dann wurden sie vergast & verbrannt
keiner ist auferstanden
außer manche
in der erinnerung

MW Karsamstag/ Osternacht 2017

 

 

SCHUSSSTRICH

manchmal hört man
manche meinen
man solle einen schlussstrich ziehen
es gibt umfragen
was kann man alles ziehen im leben?
das schaffnerlos?

was kann man ziehen
vor der vernichtung
nach der vernichtung
vor der vernichtung
schussstriche könnte man ziehen
linien

MW Karsamstag/ Osternacht

 

 

 

BOTSCHAFT

die botschaft von ostern
ist fürchtet euch nicht
singt und freut euch
sagt es weiter
etwas ist stärker
als alle macht
als alle staatlichen wächter
fürchtet euch nicht

MW Ostern 2017

EASTER – OSTERN

四月 13, 2017

OSTERN

ostern ist der sonntag
nach dem ersten vollmond
im frühling

ostern hat mit eiern zu tun
die erde eiert

heut ist der mond schon ziemlich voll
morgen ist palmsonntag

MW April 2017

 

 

MACH

mach ein herz
mach eine blume
mach eine sonne
mach einen stern
bitte zeichne mir ein schaf

MW April 2017

 

BELIEF

when I was small
i believed in god

now i’m still small

MW April 2017

 

 

GLAUBE

als ich klein war
hab ich geglaubt

jetzt bin ich
immer noch klein

MW April 2017

 

 

信仰

小時候
我相信上帝。
现在
我還是很小。

2017/4

 

Photo by Juliane Adler

OSTERGESCHICHTE

Jesus war ein Jude,
er wurde gekreuzigt.

Was er hinterließ
gehörte später den Christen.

MW April 2017

 

 

EASTER STORY

Jesus was a Jew,
he was crucified.

What he left behind
belonged to the Christians.

MW April 2017

 

 

HIT-MAN

clinton would have done
exactly the same

there was nothing wrong with hillary
except she wasn’t bernie

MW April 2017

 

 

ESOTERISCH

ah so terrisch
bä so terrisch
ce so terrisch
de so terrisch
eh so terrisch
eff so terrisch
geh so terrisch
ha so terrisch
ih so terrisch
jeh so terrisch
ka so terrisch
el so terrisch
em so terrisch
en so terrisch
oh so terrisch
peh so terrisch
queh so terrisch
err so terrisch
es so terrisch
teh so terrisch
uh so terrisch
vau so terrisch
weh so terrisch
ix so terrisch
ypsilon so terrisch
zet so terrisch

ah net so terrisch
…..

MW April 2016
(terrisch/ derrisch = schwerhörig)

 

CHINABOX

lea schneiders chinesischer name
kling ein bisschen wie syrien

eine sehr schöne anthologie
sehr sehr reichhaltig
sehr zu empfehlen
sehr gut übersetzt
sehr frisch

das vorwort ist größtenteils gut
leider nicht dort
wo das wort dissident fällt
niemand hat eine ahnung
der nicht im häfen war
oder akut in gefahr
also hab ich auch keine ahnung

weiß nicht ob lea
gedichte von woeser kennt

eine sehr schöne anthologie
sehr sehr reichhaltig
sehr zu empfehlen
sehr gut übersetzt
sehr frisch

lea schneiders chinesischer name
klingt ein bisschen wie syrien

MW April 2017
(Häfen = Gefängnis)

 

 

EMMET TILL IN AUSTRIA

we have a 14-year-old
who was brutally killed
shot in the back
by a murderer
who still serves
as policeman

MW April 2017

 

 

TO WRITE A POEM

you have to be open
to something different
you have to be open
to something good
sometimes
something
that hurtles,
that hurts.
you have to be open
to hold your step.
you don’t have to be anything.

MW April 2017

BLESSING

bless the unruly
blessed be what happens
blessed be what’s not planned
bless what’s just there
blessed bee
blessed butterfly
blessed butter
blessed batter
bless this batty old bat
blessed hat
bless mother
bless father
bless grass
bless matter
bless them they read
they believe anything

MW April 2017

POESIE

wer poesie übersetzt
soll halt dichter sein
in der übersetzung
dichterin der übersetzung
wer übersetzt
ist fährmann
oder -frau
oder unfair
aber halt bitte nicht
salbungsvoll

MW April 2017

KERN

四月 7, 2017

KERN

hat kern einen kern?

MW April 2017

Photos by Leo Winter

6 SHORT POEMS FROM CHINA – 6 GEDICHTE AUS CHINA

十二月 2, 2016

Autohintern

Cai Xiyin
TRANSPORT REFORM

After the public transport reform,
our leader has no company car.
To save money,
he takes out a public transport card.
His first day on the bus:
shows his card unasked,
goes to sit down.
“Read your card!”,
says the driver.
Our leader reads it out loud:
“Beijing City Public Transport Card!”
Driver points to the card reader, shouts:
“Read it here!”
Leader returns to the machine by the door,
his voice loud and clear:
“Beijing City Public Transport Card!!”

Tr. MW, Nov. 2016

 

 

Cai Xiyin
KARTEN LESEN

Nach der staatlichen Wagenreform
hat unser Chef keinen Dienstwagen mehr.
Um Geld zu sparen,
nimmt er sich eine Verkehrskarte.
Dann fährt er zum ersten mal mit dem Bus,
zeigt von selbst seine Karte,
geht zu den Sitzen.
Der Fahrer sagt:
“Karte lesen!”
Er nimmt brav die Karte und liest:
“Pekinger Verkehrsbetriebe!”
Der Fahrer zeigt auf das Lesegerät
und brüllt ihn an:
“Hier lesen!”
Unser Chef geht zurück zum Gerät an der Tür,
liest laut und deutlich:
“Pekinger Verkehrsbetriebe!”

29. November 2016
Übersetzt von MW am 30. November 2016

 

《车改》
蔡喜印

公车改革后
领导没了专车
为省钱
去办了张交通卡
那天是他首次坐公交
主动亮过卡
便向座位走去
司机说
“读卡!”
他拿着交通卡认真读起来
“北京市公共交通卡”
司机指着刷卡器
冲他喊道
“在这读!”
他又回到车门附近的读卡器旁
大声读起来
“北京市公共交通卡”

2016/11

(From the author’s WeChat account)

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Xu Jiang
PRAYER

let us come together
and press remote controls in our hands
to make all the fighter jets on the planet
change into dragonflies

Tr. MW, 2016

From a WeChat column presented by Shen Haobo:

http://mp.weixin.qq.com/s/qNtAHFKSewE0I9AH9MJGCA

 

Xu Jiang
LASSET UNS BETEN

lasset uns alle zusammen
mit fernbedienungen in unsern händen
die kampfflugzeuge auf diesem planeten
in libellen verwandeln

Übersetzt von MW im November 2016

Aus einem WeChat-Programm von Shen Haobo:

http://mp.weixin.qq.com/s/qNtAHFKSewE0I9AH9MJGCA

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Yan Li
“- 10“

zum thema kulturrevolution
gab es grosse konferenzen
dann kleine tagungen
dann unterhaltungen mit ein paar menschen
dann erinnerung in schweigen
erinnerung wurde zu einsamen zeichen
schriftzeichen wurden zu ziffern
1966-1976

= – 10, sagt die enkelin vom alten xiao

 

Übersetzt von MW im November 2016

Zuerst präsentiert auf Weibo und WeChat in Yi Sha’s NPC 新世纪诗典.

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3A
DICHTER DES ZORNS

opa wurde als grundbesitzer bezeichnet.
papa konnte nicht heiraten,
obwohl er schon ziemlich alt war.
im zorn hat er deshalb
mit opa gebrochen
und meine mutter hat mich geboren.

 

Übersetzt von MW im November 2016

Zuerst präsentiert auf Weibo und WeChat in Yi Sha’s NPC 新世纪诗典.

3a

Li Cha
AH!

wenn ich will, dass mein mann etwas tut
sag ich am satzende “ah”.
zum beispiel
setz teewasser auf, ah!
trag den müll raus, ah!
dreh den fernseher ab, ah!
aber wenn er etwas von mir will
macht er das nie

 

Übersetzt von MW im November 2016

Zuerst präsentiert auf Weibo und WeChat in Yi Sha’s NPC 新世纪诗典.

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Zhu Jian
MÄRZ

pfirsichblüten
aus tokio
fallen
wie blut
in nanjing

 

Übersetzt von MW, 2016

Zuerst präsentiert auf Weibo und WeChat in Yi Sha’s NPC 新世纪诗典.

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MARCH – 朱剑 – MÄRZ

九月 4, 2016

ZHU_Jian

Zhu Jian
MARCH

cherry blossoms
from Tokyo
like blood
falling on
Nanjing

Tr. MW, Sept. 2016

 

Zhu Jian
MÄRZ

kirschblüten
aus tokio
wie blut
fallen
in nanjing

Übersetzt von MW im Sept. 2016

 

三月

朱剑

 

东京的
樱花
血一样
落在了
南京

 

 

3월

도쿄의
사쿠라가
피처럼
난징에
내려 앉았다

(美) 文超塵 譯

ZhuJianMarch

BETET FÜR UNS IN ÖSTERREICH

五月 14, 2016

Lotus

BETET FÜR UNS

betet für uns

alle außerhalb österreichs
denen wir nicht
vollkommen wurst sind
betet für uns

wir wissen dass wir selber schuld sind

alle in österreich
die offen sind
betet für uns

himmel und erde
sind nicht barmherzig
behandeln die zehntausend dinge
wie strohpuppen

betet für uns

MW Mai 2016

 

U-BAHN & THEATER

die menschen in der u-bahn reden wie im theater
nur etwas leiser, etwas diskret

die menschen im theater reden wie in der u-bahn
nur etwas lauter und überdreht

MW Mai 2016

SPRING IS A WONDERFUL SEASON – April 15, 2016 in Vienna. #Schutzbefohlene *

四月 15, 2016

Hauptbahnhof

SPRING IS A WONDERFUL SEASON

April 15, 2016 in Vienna. #Schutzbefohlene *
Spring is a wonderful season,
trees spilling their green.
Some are cut, some are planted.
Downstairs across they are planting a park,
used to be train tracks.

Last year we had refugees at the station.

Spring is a wonderful season.

They said it was 90,000 people or so
in all of Austria,
mostly in a few months,
who wanted to stay in this country.
Ten times more went on to Germany.
So many people wanted to help.
Train workers, even police.
Volunteers, often more than enough.
We live in the neighbourhood.
My daughter Maia went down to play with the refugee children.
After a while she knew the volunteers.
It was safe.
The refugees staid down by the station.
Some people from our house took in refugees.

There was discussion to use the shop,
the empty shop downstairs in this new house,
for refugee quarters.
Just for the winter.
That shop has bathrooms and everything.

But then they closed down at the station.
It was in December.
They took them with buses, they said, from the border.
On to Germany.
If you said you wanted Germany, they let you in.
They were building a fence.
So in December, the station was empty.
Maybe Mid-December.
No quarters in our house.
But people still coming in.
Coming up through the Balkans, used to be Yugoslavia.

In early January we played Tarot down in the library.
We have a library in our house.
And we play cards, for a few pennies.
On Friday nights.
We have had readings, and even theatre.
Gudrun and Peter, they built a stage.
Downstairs in the big common room.
We had a night reciting Bob Dylan.
Down you masters of war.

But then in January, there was Cologne.
In Cologne at the train station, on New Year’s Night.
Hundreds of women harassed.
Raped, one or two.
Many foreign men there at the train station.
Not enough police, or police doing nothing.
We should discuss this, one of us said.
We had been playing cards.
What is there to discuss, there ‘s not much in the news.
Maybe social networks did play a role.
I want to discuss this.
These refugees becoming a problem.
What is there to discuss, there’s not much in the news.
These refugees becoming a problem.
A discussion is stupid, without any facts.
So one of us went away in a huff.

Later I was away, I was in China.
In southern China, a poetry trip.
From southern China to Southeast Asia.
Self-organized.
The year before they went to Vietnam.
Wrote some good poetry.
Vietnam wars in the background,
including China attacking Vietnam.
And other stuff, daily life.
Morning routine.

This year I went with them through Southeast Asia.
Poets from all over China. 16 or 17.
One or two guides.
Guides of Chinese extraction.
Thailand, Singapore. And Malaysia.
Then back to Nanning, to southern China.

Poetry meetings, almost every night.
Sometimes more.
One time in the airport.
Plane was delayed, nothing better to do, call a poetry meeting.
Poems written there on the road.

Yi Sha has this dream, before every border.
Dreaming they won’t let him through.
Normally he writes down all his dreams.
Makes for good poetry.
But not this time, he was afraid.
Only when we were safe in Malaysia.

They had a crackdown, in Kuala Lumpur.
There was an attack in Indonesia.
Muslim majority in Malaysia, too.
If the father is Muslim, the child has to be Muslim.
Not Chinese or anything else.
It was not like this before.
At least according to our guide.
They have elections and a Sultan.
Or they call him a King, at least in Chinese.

It’s a beautiful country.
Tribes in the woods.
Our guide lived with a tribe for a week.
For a project at university.
She was very young, has a small child.
She speaks Fukien Chinese.
Mandarin with the tourists, of course.
Liked to talk about sex.
Malaysian men with many wives.
Just a few Muslims, who can afford it.

On February first, I came back to Austria.
Refugees still coming, though not so many.
News had been shifting.
Creating a climate against refugees.
We put a limit on loving our neighbours.
That was a poster.
The foreign minister, he’s very young.
The interior ministress.
She’s not there any more now, she’ll become governess.
Governor of Lower Austria.
And the candidate.
Their candidate for Federal President.

President is just a figurehead here.
Like in Germany.
In Germany, he is elected in parliament.
So he is from the majority party.
He or she.

In Austria, everyone votes for the President.
Everyone should.
Everyone is automatically registered, every citizen.
Nowadays you can vote in advance.
Local district office.
Ballot per mail, or there at the office.
That guy for limits on loving your neighbour won’t make it.
He’s trailing far behind in the polls.
But his policies are federal policy.

They let that happen, the Social Democrats.
They are the majority.
But they let it happen, they are just like the rightists.
News had been shifting.
These refugees becoming a problem.
Some Social Democrats work with the Rightists.
Those other Rightists.
That Freedom Party.
Some Neo-Nazis.
Some Neo-Nazis cling to this party.
Some were just Liberals.
In the 1980s they were for joining the European Community.
Anyway now they are shameless Rightists.
Austria should not be ashamed, they proclaim.
Including old Nazis, including SS.

And Social Democrats think they should work with them.
But they are trailing, the Social Democrats.
Maybe their candidate will fall behind,
though not as far as the one with the limits.
They are far behind, both of them.

Three candidates are in front.
Front-runner is from the Green Party.
They always were for refugees.
And there is a woman.
Not from a party.
A former judge.
Liberal views, for the economy.
Definitely not from the Left.
Those two were leading.
But Freedom Party candidate is closing up.

No, he doesn’t say we are all Germans.
Though he says many things.
Austrians first, don’t be ashamed.
Don’t be ashamed of anything.
Works better than just talk about limits.

So I’ve voted already, ten days in advance.

I’m afraid.
That Freedom guy is worse than Trump.
Similar causes why they are so popular.

Austria is very small.
President is just a figurehead.
But I’m afraid.

Austria becomes Hungary.
Headline in Switzerland, two days ago.
Rightist government, fences.
Italy protesting, not only Greece.
Against Austria, in the EU.

EU has been weak.
Rightist reactions in Eastern Europe.
Rightist rhetoric against refugees.
From Social Democrats, some of them.
EU is weak, was very weak in the Yugoslav wars.

Mid-April sun is shining outside.
Spring is a beautiful season,
trees spilling their green.
Some are cut, some are planted.
Downstairs across they are planting a park.

Martin Winter
April 15, 2016
*Schutzbefohlene means people placed under protection. It is the title of a play by Elfriede Jelinek, the Austrian author who won the Nobel prize for literature in 2004. She wrote the play in 2013. It was performed, by refugees, at University of Vienna on April 14, 2016, when a group of rightists stormed the stage. They sprayed red paint and reportedly injured performers, including children. I wrote the long poem above on Friday morning, April 15. I had not been at the performance and knew nothing about the incident before my text was finished. But I think my text works as background reading, at least.

 

Zilkpark

PRAYER – 沈苇 – GEBET

三月 22, 2016

shen wei

Shen Wei
PRAYER

1)

Every day needs a moment about life and death.
A tiny boat, riding away from stinky shoes.
A roamer, a heart with a powerful motor.
And you love oblivion, pleading to be forgotten.
Out of daily life, binding and harming you,
you obtain freedom, imagination!

2)

Not that doves triumph, just that lambs do not deserve death.
Not that blades go rusting, just that bombs don’t explode.
Not that fathers be strong, just that mothers wipe away tears.
Not that god’s in his heaven, but the devil forgetting the deal.
Please don’t always groan about yourself; you need to think
of him or her on this world also in sorrow, in prayer.

Tr. MW, March 2016

Shen Wei
GEBET

1)

Jeden Tag brauch ich eine lebenswichtige Zeit:
Eine Nussschale, weg von den stinkenden Schuhen.
Ein Fahrender mit einem Motor im Herzen,
der das Vergessen liebt, fleht, dass die Leute nicht an ihn denken.
Weg aus den Wickeln, den Wunden des Alltags,
erlangst du Freiheit, was du dir vorstellst!

2)

Nicht dass Tauben triumphieren, nur dass Lämmer unschuldig bleiben;
nicht dass Messer rosten, nur dass Bomben verstummen.
Nicht dass Väter gesunden, nur dass Mütter Tränen wegwischen;
Nicht dass Gott sei wo er sein soll, nur dass der Teufel den Handel verschläft.
Führ bitte nicht dauernd dich selbst im Mund. Denk an jemand,
der oder die sich ebenso sorgt auf der Welt, betet wie du.

Übersetzt von MW, 21. März 2016

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28. FEBRUAR – 鴻鴻 Hung Hung

二月 29, 2016

228

Hung Hung
28. FEBRUAR

Dieser Monat
ist kürzer als alle anderen Monate.
Ungefähr zwei, drei Tage.

An diesem Tag
ist der Monat zu Ende.
Früher als in allen anderen Monaten.

An diesem Tag
gingen viele Menschen
zu früh in die Nacht.
Und mit diesem Tag war es noch nicht zu Ende.

Unterbrochen
von Schüssen,
von Weinen.
Begraben unter der Asche.
Darüber lauter Asphalt.

Jedes Jahr
bittet jemand für diesen Tag um Verzeihung.
Jedesmal weiß man nicht für wen.

Jedes Jahr
genießen alle den Feiertag.
Eilen auf dem Asphalt,
gehen ins Kino.
Gehen in Restaurants,
empfohlenen im Internet.
Stehen Schlange, um Frühlingskleider zu kaufen.

Eine Statue wird verhüllt.
Niemand weiß, ob der Kopf
Reue zeigt oder grinst.

Vor vielen Jahren an diesem Tag
klang ein Lied aus dem Trichter.
78 Umdrehungen,
ein Lied vom Duft in der Nacht.
“Nacht ist Tag, Tag ist Nacht.
Im Finstern leben, wie kommt man zutag…”

Übersetzt von MW im Februar 2016

 

《二二八》

鴻鴻

 

這個月
比其他月份
都短少兩到三天

這一天
比其他月份
都提早來到終點.

這一天
許多人
都提早見到黑夜
但這一天來不及結束 .


被槍聲打斷
被哭聲打斷
被埋在灰燼底下
上面鋪滿柏油 .

每一年
都有人為這一天道歉
但從不知為誰道歉 .

每一年
大家都歡度這一天
踩在柏油上
去看電影
吃PTT介紹的餐廳
排隊買換季新品 .

銅像被蓋上布袋
沒有人知道
他在懺悔或竊笑 .

多年前的這一天
78轉的留聲機唱片
曾這麼唱著
有誰依稀記得:

「夜做日 日做暝
黑暗過日 按怎出頭天…」

*所引為日治時期台語歌〈夜來香〉,作詞者為陳達儒。

FASTENZEIT

二月 15, 2016

Yi Sha promotes Xu Jiang

FASTENZEIT

ein bisschen fasten
wär wirklich schön
40 tage keine kronenzeitung
40 tage null mikl-leitner
40 kurze tage kein kurz
40 tage keine begrenzten
keine nächstenliebebeschränker
keine rachenverbreiter
dann immer drei tage weiter
keine auferstehung!

MW Februar 2016

TALKING TO A TREE, TALKING TO MY HUSBAND – 春树 Chun Sue

十二月 22, 2015

Chun Sue in der Sonne

Chun Sue
TALKING TO A TREE

there is a tree in front of our bathroom
in winter the tree doesn’t change
beautiful
tall
I stare at the tree
I want to open the window and have a smoke
peaceful like sitting under the tree
in this non-smoking house
on the rim of Berlin
every day I put on a coat
take a look around
try to open the door
take a walk
light a cigarette
smoke
walk back in

2015
Tr. MW, Dec. 2015

春树
对一棵树说

洗手间的窗户正对着一棵树
它在冬天有不变的形态

高耸
盯着这棵树
我想打开窗户抽烟
像在坐在树下一样安详
在这栋不允许抽烟的
柏林郊外房子
我每天都穿上外套
打量四周
找开门
走出去
点烟
抽完
再走回来

Chun Sue
TALKING TO MY HUSBAND

“So beautiful!”
I stare into space
then I realize
he is talking about my belly.
Bulging,
20 weeks pregnant.
Actually I don’t think it’s beautiful.
It’s rather scary.
But I don’t want to disappoint him,
so I tell him I share his opinion.

2015
Tr. MW, Dec. 2015

春树
我与丈夫的对话

“多美啊”
我一愣神
才意识到他说的是我的肚子
隆起的
已经有二十周孕期的肚子
其实我觉得一点也不美
还有点可怕
但为了不扫他兴
我还是赞同了他的观点

Chu Shu cover

LANDSCHAFT MIT LAHMEN – 蒲小林

六月 29, 2015

Pu Xiaolin

Pu Xiaolin
LANDSCAPE

two cripples after their chess game, supporting each other, walking away
two walking sticks sprouting flowers, table becoming a sunny spring scene

Tr. MW, June 2015

landschaft mit lahmenPu Xiaolin 蒲小林
LANDSCHAFT

zwei lahme nach ihrem schachspiel, stützen einander und gehen.
zwei stöcke am tisch beginnen zu blühen, eine sonnige frühlingsszene.

Übersetzt von MW, Juni 2015

VOR OSTERN

四月 5, 2015

VOR OSTERN

heute ist karfreitag
ein strahlender tag
viel schöner als viele andere tage
wolken und regen, aber nicht viel
wolken und regen heißt etwas anderes
in der sonne ist es recht warm
der wind ist noch kalt
heuer ist ostermontag der tag des grabes
in china
mein vater ist grad 75 geworden
unser sohn ist 10, unsere tochter ist 12
als baby war sie ein engel
wenn sie nicht schrie
vieles war nicht leicht
vieles ist ungewiss
vieles klingt vielversprechend
manches ist jeden tag fast dasselbe
unsere tochter schreit immer noch
und ich auch
heute ist karsamstag
eine zeitlang war es wärmer als gestern

MW April 2015

IMAGINE ONE DAY – 2014 in review

一月 2, 2015

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MOON

a slice of lemon
a slice of tangerine
a ginger cake
finally we have snow

MW Dec. 28, 2014

WANBAO

Yi Sha
DREAM #203

I am on an iron ladder
on the side of a tall building
I’m facing outside
stepping down slowly
outside of my dreams
I’m not at all afraid of heights
but in this dream
my hands and feet are cold with fear
I’m risking a look
down to what I call
mother earth in my poems
getting dizzy
wanting to fall, headlong
gingerly feeling my way
step by step
finally
losing my feet
but – I’m still okay
because by now
it’s not more than a man’s height to the ground
lightly and softly
my feet touching down

2012
Tr. MW, 1/1/15

伊沙
《梦(203)》

我从一座大楼
外墙的铁梯上
面朝外面
拾级而下
梦之外
绝不恐高的我
梦之内
被吓得手脚冰凉
我望了一眼
我在诗中
称之为大地的东西
头晕目眩
很想一头栽下去
举步维艰
缓缓而下
终于
还是失足坠落
但是——没事儿
因为此时的高度
只剩一人来高
我的双足
轻柔触地

photo by Howard Romero

photo by Howard Romero

Li Bai
ANSWER FROM THE MOUNTAINS

why do I live in green peaks?
I laugh, my heart is at ease.
blossoms floating far adrift –
earth and sky not from this world.

8th century AD
Tr. MW, 2014

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GEBETCAM00373WordPress.com Stats Helper Monkey 为此博客制作了一份 2014 年度报告。

下面是一段摘要:

纽约一辆地铁可以搭载 1,200 名乘客。2014 年,此博客的浏览量约为 5,200 次。若用纽约地铁来运载这些乘客,差不多要运 4 趟。

点击此处查看完整报告。

VIENNA 2014, MAIN TRAIN STATION

五月 28, 2014

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VIENNA 2014, MAIN TRAIN STATION

just a bit of relaxing
just a bit of the sun
gleaming on every spire
just a bit of the world
settling down for the evening
and the birds sing for springtime
just like they did when I was a kid
although everything’s new
all the shiny new buildings
in this new part of town
though we’re close to the center
you can see every ridge
it’s a beautiful city
beethoven walked here,
and schubert and brahms
and vivaldi was buried
unmarked, just like mozart
it’s a beautiful evening
of a beautiful sunday
they had eu elections
there is hope for the future
this city is fortunate
this city was worse
the worst on the planet
they voted for hitler
and killed all the jews
and then it was bombed
and then our parents
came here and we grew
and moved elsewhere and now
we are here in this building
in this town on this world.
the city is growing
it is still rather small
it was big and growing
in 1914
now we have the eu
there is privatization and deprivation
all over the continent
still it is springtime
let us build something new.

MW May 25, 2014

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WE PLANT SUNFLOWERS – Li Khin-huann

四月 9, 2014
阮種日頭花
We Plant Sunflowers

李勤岸Li Khin-huann
Translated by Tiunn Boo-thinn 譯

We planted sunflowers at Parliament
To bring some sunshine inside
To bring all that mold to light
To bring the people’s rights to light

We planted sunflowers on the president’s lawn
To throw the floodgates wide open
And flood away the steel webs of a dictator
And let the young whales of democracy swim on, and on and on

We planted sunflowers in the streets
To bloom come rain and bloom come wind
To bloom for always and for all days
By the darkening roads we must yet take

We’re planting flowers in every alley and every valley
In the cities and in the country
In the mountains and by the sea

The sun will still flower
May the will of young hearts
Rise up high in our free skies

阮種日頭花
–《人面冊ê花蕊》264

李勤岸
Li Khin-huann
WE PLANT A SUNFLOWER

we plant a sunflower in parliament
to draw in the sun
stir up the poor state of our congress
stir it up for the rights of our people

we plant a sunflower in the president’s palace
to call a young sea spirit of Taiwan democracy
to stir up a flood
to sweep away the iron nets of dictatorship

we plant a sunflower on every street
to brave wind and rain
to stir and bloom
to shine a light on our dark road ahead

we plant a sunflower on every corner
in the village in the city
on the mountains at the sea
to stir and bloom
our spirit of youth
will brighten our homeland and our skies

April 9th, 2014

Tr. MW, April 9th, 2014 (没學台語,懇請大家多指教!)

 

阮種日頭花
–《人面冊ê花蕊》264

李勤岸

阮kā日頭花種tiàm立法院
吸引日光照入來
Kā臭殕ê國會曝曝咧
Kā人民ê權利曝曝咧

阮kā日頭花種tiàm總統府
予台灣民主ê少年海翁
泅做大水流ê烏潮
溢過獨裁ê鐵線網

阮kā日頭花種tī滿街路
無管透風抑落雨
阮堅持一直開花
堅持照明台灣暗淡ê路途

阮kā日頭花種tī逐角落
種tī庄腳種tī都市
種tī山頂種tī海邊
日頭會一直開花
青春ê意志
會照光咱台灣家己ê天

–2014/4/9 台師大台文系

 

日頭花

李勤岸
Li Khin-huann
SUNFLOWERS
Translated by Alice Lee 英譯

The eyes of the young are bright,
Opening into big sunflowers
To clearly see molds on the dark undersides.

The ears of the young are sharp,
Opening into big sunflowers
To hear the sadness behind pleasant words.

The brains of the young are fine,
Opening into big sunflowers.
Petals and petals of brilliant rays of light,
Piercing through the wall of fog ahead.

The sunflowers of justice,
Flower by flower,
Blossoming upon faces of the stalwart,
Blossoming within the island’s dark age.

The radiant sunflowers,
Flower by flower,
Herald the coming of our daybreak.

少年人ê目睭真金
開出大大蕊ê日頭花
會當看清生菇ê陰暗面

少年人ê耳空真利
開出大大蕊ê日頭花
會當聽著好聽話背後ê悲哀

少年人ê腦筋真活
開出大大蕊ê日頭花
一瓣一瓣ê光芒
鑿破頭前阻擋ê罩雺

正義ê日頭花
一蕊一蕊
開tī青春堅強ê面上
開tī島嶼暗暝ê世代
光phiâng-phiâng ê日頭花
一蕊一蕊
照出咱天光ê明仔載

Taiwan Demo

Taiwan paper

TEACH YOUR CHILDREN WELL ….

四月 7, 2014

SUNFLOWER TAIWAN

Chuan Fang Chang
CIVIC EDUCATION

We teach our kids to believe in justice.
You torture righteous children to death
and exonerate murderers.

We teach our kids to believe in peace.
You betray the people’s trust for your profits.

We teach our children honesty.
You swindle voters, they pay the bills.

We teach our kids democracy.
You auction off our rights on the side.

We teach our children respect.
You trample poor people under your feet
and then give out alms.

We teach our children to live in justice.
You wheel and deal and sell off their homes,
let them drink pesticides crawling and crying.

You call our children a violent mob.
Their clothes may be dirty, at heart they are pure.
Your clothes are perfect, calmly you put on your elegant ties
and wrap the filth in your hands.

You say you’re calling on education
but you let police clobber our children
and have them arrested as criminals.

What we taught our children went against facts.
They had to memorize and recite
and write it one hundred times if they failed.

Now they won’t believe what we tell them.

We put down our textbooks
to practice democracy,
exercising a spirit you never knew.

Protect our children!

Don’t let your cold-blooded thinking sentence them to death.

We are fighting to testify for all those pure and gentle hearts.

 

 

March 2014
Tr. MW, April 2014

 

Chuan Fang Chang

[公民老師]

我們教孩子相信正義
你們將正義的孩子凌虐致死
並判殺人犯無罪

我們教孩子相信和平
你們爲了利益撕裂族群情感

我們教孩子誠實
你們欺騙選民大開選舉支票全民買單

我們教孩子平等
你們設計完美的獨裁政體打造階級

我們教孩子民主
你們私下拍賣主權暴力通過條約

我們教孩子尊重
你們把窮人的生命踐踏在腳底
並佯裝佈施

我們教孩子居住正義
你們用怪手毀壞他們的家園
讓他們吞農藥匍地悲泣流離失所

你叫我們教的孩子暴民
他們衣衫襤褸 心地純淨

你們衣冠楚楚 優雅從容繫上領帶
並包裝你們污穢的雙手

你叫我們愛的教育
卻讓警察用盾牌、警棍鞭飭我們的孩子
並將他們用現行犯逮捕

我們教孩子與現實違背的知識
讓孩子反覆背誦考試
不及格的罰寫一百遍

而今,孩子已不願意相信我們

我們放下課本
實習演練那些你們作不到的民主素養

保護我們的孩子
不被你們的冷血判死刑
我們必須印証那些純潔與善良

2014年三月

Sunflower faces

 

Sunflower cake and newspaper

BEIJING SPRING (FACE THE SEA, SPRING IN BLOOM)

三月 26, 2014

hai zi 14 face the sea spring in bloom

Hai Zi
BEIJING SPRING (FACE THE SEA, SPRING IN BLOOM)

from tomorrow, let me be happy
feed horses, chop wood, let me travel the world
from tomorrow, vegetables, grain
I have a house, face the sea, spring in bloom
from tomorrow, writing my family
tell everyone how I am happy
this lightning happiness tells me
what I will tell everyone
give every creek every peak a warm name
stranger, I want to bless you also
may your future be bright
may your lover become your family
may you find happiness in this world
I only want to face the sea, spring in bloom

1989
Tr. MW, 2014/3

hai zi

Hai Zi

SCHAU INS MEER, FRÜHLING BLÜHT

 

ab morgen bin ich ein glücklicher mensch

hacke holz, füttere pferde, bereise die welt

ab morgen mag ich gemüse, getreide

ich hab ein haus, schau ins meer, frühling blüht

ab morgen schreibe ich allen verwandten

schreibe von warmem blitzendem glück

was dieser blitz mir jetzt gesagt hat

ich sag es jedem einzelnen menschen

geb jedem fluss, jedem berg warme namen

fremder, mögest auch du glücklich werden

ich wünsch’ dir eine leuchtende zukunft

aus deiner liebe werde familie

finde dein glück in diesem leben

ich will nur schauen ins meer, frühling blüht

 

Peking, März 1989

Übersetzt von MW im März 2014

FRÜHLING

三月 22, 2014

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Maia Winter

FRÜHLING

Der Vogel furzt, der Schneemann weint, die Sonne scheint. Die Mutter schreit: „Hurra! Der Frühling, der ist wieder da!” Die Kinder spielen im Garten. Der Vater schläft im harten Bett. Die Oma, die ist ziemlich fett. Der Opa kocht. Sein Herz pocht, er riecht den Frühling. Die Blumen blühen, die Farben glühen. Das Pferd sagt: „Wieher!” Es klingt wie: „Der Frühling, der ist hier!“ Anna sagt: „Das erste Schneeglöckchen, das gehört mir!“ Die Tulpe sagt zum Löwenzahn: „Hör auf, in mein Gesicht zu niesen, die Rose versucht uns aufzuspießen!“ Doch Adam pflückt die Rose ab und schenkt sie Eva. Das war knapp!

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VALENTIN

二月 11, 2014

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VALENTIN

der duft der blueten
erinnert an omi
es ist lange her
gar nicht so lang
sie kann bald in den garten
gut eingepackt
anfang februar kommen die blueten
von weitem wie die baeume in taiwan
die baeume in japan
rosa blueten, manchmal weisse
am donaukanal ist auch ein strauch
in zwei tagen ist valentin

MW Februar 2014

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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OLOMOUC DIARY

六月 7, 2013
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Olomouc art museum collection

Olomouc diary
March 27, 2013
Train connection from vienna worked just fine. Half an hour at the border station of břeclav, used it for a short walk, had a big laugh over buying powidl kolačni or so. Tram to down town, found the hostel immediately. Friendly aussies, still.
Weather better than in vienna- at least no snow, and a little bit of sun.

Went out to have lunch in a micro brewery first, then on to the art museum, which has free admission on wednesdays and sundays. Some very strong and original modern stuff here, as well as a lot of boring derivatives.

Tired, both from the museum and the beer with lunch.

Waiting for martin, who went back up to photograph a couple of paintings.

Started talking about all the things we want done in a week- time alone, time together, dissertation writing… I think there just aren’t enough hours in a week. But we will keep working on it.

Went home, Martin quite exhausted. i had gotten a second wind and went out for pizza, which was quite sufficient after a late and massive lunch.

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March 28, 2013, olomouc

Next day martin got yoghurt and pastries for breakfast, in a little shop right around the corner, one of these super- narrow slots in a lovely pink art nouveau building with white friezes round the windows.

Did some soul searching on whether to stay one more night. Martin phoned his parents, and they said, fine. Private room was booked already, so we got a dorm room to ourselves, at 600 crowns instead of 900 (24 vs. 36 EUR).

Went to see the town some more, including the noon-day astronomical clock, playing music on its bells and showing happy members of the working classes. Sent postcards to our respective parents. Asked tourist info about concerts that day. No, we would not drive to Brno for that. Girl in the tourist office slightly clueless. Post office right on the square.

Also bought some chapstick, found a minimalist czech version, good quality, but just a tiny amount stuck in a plastic holder. If it gets warm, you have one mess. But hey, it is still winter, and at 11 crowns i am not going to complain.

Had lunch in a place at the university, bishop’s square. Then went home to veg out a bit and even sleep some.

Caught a little concert in the museum of modern art, 50 crown entrance fee. For that, a middle aged lady who sang chansons in czech, her friend the guitar player, the pianist, and the hand drum (hang drum?) player. All very spontaneous, family- like, with the audience humming or singing along occasionally. Not too long, either, stopped just in time for dinner. Back at the lovely micro brewery, which was packed with young people. Another lovely dinner.

And so off to the hostel, chatting a bit to some finnish and portuguese travellers, and off to the bunk beds.

26032012013

Olomouc art museum collection

26032012016

Olomouc art museum collection

26032012014

Olomouc art museum collection

March 30, 2013, train from olomouc to vienna.
Bit cold in the morning,woke up from that. Snow/ sleet falling. Managed a shower, and breakfast, and were out at the railway station in good time. Trains a bit delayed, but we should be home on time. Nice lunch at the breclav railway station canteen, new and clean place with the loveliest bathrooms.

Head in Breclav

Head in Breclav

Olomouc art museum collection

Olomouc art museum collection

ostermontag

四月 1, 2013

ostermontag

ostermontag ist schön.
man kann die autos zählen
man geht nach emmaus
klingt gar nicht hebräisch.
die meisten sind weg.
ich mein’ nicht die hebräer.
es gibt wirklich nicht viele.
da gibt es den schönberg.
das zentrum dort oben.
ostermontag ist schön.
am schwarzenbergplatz
den stalin umrunden
per roller, zu fuß.
der brunnen geht wieder.
und jemand spielt auf.
das kino spielt das paradies.
das kino kommt weg.
wir geh’n eh viel zu selten.
paradies hat drei teile.
sie heißen glaube, liebe, hoffnung.
ostermontag ist schön.

MW 1. April 2013

the life that sprouts

三月 11, 2013

3Leo

wee

little wee gets up to play
we are more than what we are
sometimes we may call it god
wee may call as soon as twelve
sometimes we may call it light
wee may call as soon as two
wee may always call at night
little wee wakes up to cry
we are less than what we are
wee may sleep as soon as noon
sometimes we may call it god
wee may call as late as eight
sometimes we can see the light
wee can call us any time
sometimes we can feel the night
sometimes wee can be alright

October 2007

頑張る

Second Anniversary of the 2011 Japan Earthquake

hold it

(quakes, tsunamis, nuclear threats …)

the days of the blossoms
the yellow the white
the shoots and the air
and the birds and the bees
the flies and the beetles
the earth and the trembling
the cars that come floating
the buildings come tumbling
the life that sprouts

MW March 2011

innehalten

(fuer japan, yunnan, burma …)

die tage die blueten
die spitzen die gruenen
die weissen die gelben
die bienen die fliegen
die wogen die steigen
die wagen die treiben
die erde die bebt und
das leben das keimt

MW Maerz 2011

https://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/d/d1/ToriiAndWreckage.jpg

二月 26, 2013

baum

sie haben den baum vorm fenster gefällt
ich weiss nicht warum
er liegt noch herum
sie standen beisammen im hof und sprachen
von polizei und so sachen
ich fragte nicht nach
wir sind nachbarn im anderen haus
es geht uns nichts an
es war nur der baum
unlängst haben sie sträucher gerodet
da ist eine gesprungen
und eine weile liegengeblieben
hat man dann erfahren
sie haben den baum vorm fenster gefällt
es steht noch ein kleiner gestutzter
und bald kommt der efeu der wilde wein
und was rotes das klettert
und noch weisse sträucher
der baum war alt
er hat halt geblüht
von uns aus gesehen das schönste im hof
jetzt gibt es mehr licht
man sieht in der richtung die serbische kirche
und weniger nester vielleicht

MW    Feb. 2013

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zug

ein gedicht ist ein zug
eine abweichung
trug dich ein zug
ein verbotener
konntest du aufatmen
schmecken nachdenken
war es genug

MW    Feb. 2013

Mo Yan corn
mehr züge 吸引

reden 言

abstimmung 票決

frühlingsschnee 伊沙 《春雪》

drache ade 告別龍年

wiedersehen 告別

not 莫

many-coloured days

vacation 假日

coffee-house at the end of the world 最後的咖啡館

toys and the frost

Mo Yan 莫言

ideology 意識形態

distance studies 距離學

300 Recent Chinese poems 新詩三百首中英對照

The Nobel 諾貝爾獎

Dieses Leben 今生

Mo Yan’s old house 莫言故居

Lai Hsiangyin and Chen Kohua in Vienna 賴香吟、陳克華

Mo Yan and Murakami 莫言、村上春樹

Lili

Lily’s Story 赵思运//丽丽传/

Moroccan Fountain 摩洛哥噴泉

Moon From Train

Punks, empathy and torture: Pussy Riot in China and Vienna

Wang Wei: Abschied 王維-送別

Murong Xuecun, Yu Hua, Liu Zhenyun, Bob Dylan and Rivers of Bablyon 慕容雪村、余華、劉震云、流行音樂

Flying over the sea, quietly 顏峻

poetry and music 詩、歌

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.

reden

一月 15, 2013

Image

speech and rain

speech is swept by wind in winter
swept away by wind and gone

speech would hardly help in summer
hardly help against the sun

speeches held by storms in springtime
storms in springtime hold no speech

speech will come in fall in beijing
speech in beijing, always late

MW    June 2012, Vienna

See also https://erguotou.wordpress.com/reden/

Every country or region has repressed issues. 有時候被壓抑的事偶爾出頭。奧地利前內政部長剛被判4年徒刑。 A 14-year old boy was shot dead for breaking into a supermarket in Austria in 2009. The policeman who ran after him and shot him in the back is still on duty. The facade of the Konzerthaus in Vienna says “Honor your German masters and ban good spirits”. Whom or what did they ban in the 1930s and 1940s? This poem is from Beijing. We lived in Beijing 1999-2008.

Image

Photo by Andreas Landwehr, dpa

reden (und sonnenschein)

reden fegt der wind im winter
fegt der wind im winter weg

reden hilft bei starker sonne
hilft bei starker sonne kaum

reden haelt der sturm im fruehjahr
haelt der sturm im fruehjahr nicht

reden kommt im herbst in beijing
kommt in beijing oft zu spaet

MW    Dezember 2007, Beijing

http://blogs.yahoo.co.jp/dujuan99nihon/5984001.html

德語雨regen和說話、言論、發言reden很像。07年跟在歐洲的家人溝通有問題而想到这首。

北京12年七月洪水記得嗎?

regen

北京周围從來缺乏雨水。全國缺乏很多言論。

1

unser land

李煜

五月 23, 2012

Image

李煜

清平樂

别来春半,
觸目愁腸斷。
砌下落梅如雪亂,
拂了一身還滿。

雁来音訊無憑,
路遥歸夢難成。
離恨恰似春草,
更行更遠還生。

reis

四月 2, 2012


reis, palmsonntag

das reis bist du
du bist der baum
du bist was keimt
was treibt was traegt
bist was sich wiegt
was liegt was steht
was wiederkommt
wenn es vergeht

MW 1. April 2012

Botanischer Garten Wien, 1. April 2012

March 20: danube, cherries, liu xiaobo

三月 21, 2012

6 on the beach near the northern tip of the island in the danube at vienna, march 20, 2012

island

the danube flows
vienna starts
somewhere downstream.
the island goes
a couple miles
or maybe four.
they have an ice-cream stand today
with buttermilk and radio.

i came to see the cherry trees.
they’re fast asleep.
they need another month or so.
in april we may still have snow.
the cherry trees are from japan.
i went there 19 years ago.
it was before i knew my wife.
i went by boat.
it took two days.
and almost everyone was sick
except the crew.
a boat from china to japan
in january, in ’93.
the plum trees bloomed among the snow.
in february, when i was there.

it’s nice and warm.
the danube flows.
they had an earthquake in japan
a year ago, a little more.
the biggest one they ever had
or maybe not. but very big
with 20.000 people dead
and nuclear power plants kaput.
and still the trees bloomed like before.

it’s nice and warm.
the danube flows.
a month ago the cherry trees
and rhododendrons were in bloom
in taiwan, just a month ago.
it was quite warm. we even swam
in mountain streams.
and austria had lots of snow.

today they read for liu xiaobo
they have a day for poetry
when spring begins, from the un
the 18th was for prisoners
in china and america.
for prisoners of politcs.
they have a day for everyone.

the danube flows.
i brought my son to therapy.
he goes to school. there’s progress now.
he speaks much more.
our daughter doesn’t read a lot
but on the whole we’re doing fine.

the danube flows.
this city is a crying shame.
they say it’s very beautiful.
a neonazi gets a third,
a little less.
a rightist. just like hungary.
a little bit more affluent.

the danube flows.

MW    March 20, 2012

This one’s for all the bloggers out there

Susan Sontag: Pay attention to the world

Elfriede Jelinek

政治與戲劇     Vaclav Havel/文  董恆秀/譯

March 21, Kardinal Nagl Square, U3 subway, Vienna. Many bees in the tree.

頑張る

三月 12, 2012

Just read a post by a guy called Doug 陀愚。It begins with a child’s drawing from preschool, and ends with the words 日本は絶対復しますので、それまで頑張りましょう。Nihon wa zettai fukushimasu no de, sore made ganbari mashoo. I don’t know if everything can or should be like it was before after such a big catastrophe. I do have great respect for the spirit Doug talks about. Last year in spring I wrote two poems that were inspired or influenced by the Japan 東北 Toohoku earthquake. I am going to put the second one first here. It was translated recently by a Taiwanese friend, and we both read it in public at a bookstore in Taipei on Febr. 26th.

Image

櫻(開花)

英、德文/維馬丁
中譯/彤雅立、維馬丁

白與玫瑰色漂浮
透著光進入一日
在狂人群中
樹木兀自開花
生長、垂落、成熟
佇立,迎風呼吸

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blossom

shine and float in white and pink
carried forth into the day
all among the loony people
certainly the trees are blooming
growing, falling, ripening
standing, breathing in the wind

MW April 2011

bluete

weiss und rosa leuchtend schweben
fortgetragen in die tage
unter allen irren menschen
bluehen zweifellos die baeume
wachsen, fallen, reifen, stehen
atmen, oeffnen sich im wind

MW April 2011

Photo by Ronnie Niedermeyer

8 syllables in every line, five trochaic lines, first syllable of every line stressed, then the third syllable, and so on. This is how the German version works, with an additional shorter seven-syllable verse that ends with a stressed syllable, so it’s six lines in all. And in the English version most lines only have seven syllables, except the two in the middle: “all among the loony people/ certainly the trees are blooming”.

Zhan Bing 詹冰(綠血球 Taipei: 笠, 1965), from http://chinaavantgarde.com/
Image

hold it

(quakes, tsunamis, nuclear threats …)

the days of the blossoms
the yellow the white
the shoots and the air
and the birds and the bees
the flies and the beetles
the earth and the trembling
the cars that come floating
the buildings come tumbling
the life that sprouts

MW March 2011

innehalten

(fuer japan, yunnan, burma …)

die tage die blueten
die spitzen die gruenen
die weissen die gelben
die bienen die fliegen
die wogen die steigen
die wagen die treiben
die erde die bebt und
das leben das keimt

MW Maerz 2011

im süden – Wang Wei (699-759)

十一月 8, 2011

Wang Wei 31.Okt.2011

相思

红豆生南国
春来发几枝
愿君多采撷
此物最相思

im süden – Wang Wei (699-759), Neue Zürcher Zeitung 31. Oktober 2011

四月 12, 2011

Zhan Bing 詹冰(綠血球 Taipei: 笠, 1965), from http://chinaavantgarde.com/

bluete

weiss und rosa leuchtend schweben

fortgetragen in die tage

unter allen irren menschen

bluehen zweifellos die baeume

wachsen, fallen, reifen, stehen

atmen, oeffnen sich im wind

MW April 2011

blossom

shine and float in white and pink
carried forth into the day
all among the loony people
certainly the trees are blooming
growing, falling, ripening
standing, breathing in the wind

MW    April 2011

Photo by Ronnie Niedermeyer

中止

三月 30, 2011

innehalten

(fuer japan, yunnan, burma …)

die tage die blueten
die spitzen die gruenen
die weissen die gelben
die bienen die fliegen
die wogen die steigen
die wagen die treiben
die erde die bebt und
das leben das keimt

MW Maerz 2011

http://tokyowriter.wordpress.com/2011/03/30/quakebook/http://en.wordpress.com/tag/quakebook/

hold it

(quakes, tsunamis, nuclear threats …)

the days of the blossoms
the yellow the white
the shoots and the air
and the birds and the bees
the flies and the beetles
the earth and the trembling
the cars that come floating
the buildings come tumbling
the life that sprouts

MW March 2011

Liu Xiaobo worldwide reading

三月 23, 2011

The world-wide reading on March 20 was a big success. In Leipzig, as far as I heard. In Vienna, it was interesting. Instructive. Great experts. Reporters Without Borders. Amnesty International. Writers in Prison, with Helmuth Niederle from the Austrian PEN. Professors from the East Asia departments of Vienna and Bratislava. Poetry. Protesters in China, in prison. Women, peasants, workers. In spirit. In between. Over 90 cities in 33 countries on six continents. At least. Gerhard Ruiss and Bei Ling read in Leipzig. At the book fair.

Herta Müller’s speech on March 20 in Berlin was published in the FAZ on March 26. Very good speech. She has read the biography. Maybe a little too fast. The labour camp didn’t come immediately after the first prison term. He wrote the confession in prison at the end of 1990 and went free in January 1991. Everything else is correct. The episode with his father, who wanted him to give in. And the labour camp. She does take a side, very emphatically. The last sentence is the most important one. “More and more supporters of Charter 08 are disappearing in jail.” Liu Xianbin was sentenced to 10 years a few days ago. Altogether he has been sentenced for more than 25 years since 1989. His most serious crime seems to have been one of the founders of an opposition party at the end of the 1990s.  Liu Xianbin’s wife Chen Mingxian chronicles her life in the last 20 years in this account: http://08charterbbs.blogspot.com/2010/10/blog-post_23.html

There is also a good piece in the NY Times by Geng He, wife of the human rights lawyer Gao Zhisheng: http://www.nytimes.com/2011/03/28/opinion/28geng.html

Teng Biao has disappeared, Ran Yunfei has been detained for a while, and now Liu Xianbin has been sentenced to 10 years, to name but a few. The situation is very clear. No progress, just the opposite.

MuseumsQuartier Wien, Raum D / quartier21 - Photo by Pernille Koldbech Fich

There will be a reading with Bei Ling, poet and publisher, in Vienna at the same location on April 12.

Valentine’s Day

二月 15, 2011

it’s not quite spring
a bird is singing in a tree
above the snow
the children eat
or clear away for joy and play
all close to home
i didn’t get you anything
when i was small there was this store
and there we would get violets
or tulips something colourful
to bring your mom or grandmother
and that was all.

MW Febr. 2011

十月 28, 2009

Draußen ist Schnee – Yang Ze (1983)

Draußen ist Schnee
Der Schnee treibt und fliegt
Der Schnee streicht gern durchs Land wie ich
Streicht über die Erde und fühlt auch die Reue
Draußen ist der Schnee der Fremde

Draußen ist Schnee
Schnee und Regen, die steigern einander
Der Regen weint recht gern, wie du
Der Regen hat die Welt durchschaut
Draußen ist der Schnee des Auslands

Draußen ist Regen ist Schnee
Schnee und Regen hörst du wehen
Auf den Dächern der Fremden
Auf der gesperrten Straße am See
Draußen in Regen und Schnee stürmt der Frühling

Draußen ist Regen ist Schnee
Schnee und Regen fallen schneller
Platzregen in deinen Augen
Schneesturm wie auf meiner Stirn
Draußen sind Regen und Schnee, die reichen in frühere Leben

“Vereint und getrennt in rasendem Wirbel”(1)
Wir wagen den Abstieg, und werden wir Schlamm
Auf die Heimat, die sündige Erde
So kamen wir zurück im Traum …

MW        Übers. Okt. 2009
(1) Lisao, Vers 205, Uebers. Peter Weber-Schaefer

室外是雪 – 楊澤(1983)

室外是雪
是雪紛紛飛揚
像我一樣愛流浪的雪
因飄零大地而有所追悔
室外是他鄉的雪

室外是雪
是雨雪相乘
像你一般愛流淚的雨
因幻滅人間而有所覺悟
室外是異國的雪

室外是雨是雪
是雨雪簌簌
于他人屋溜
于湖邊封閉的道路
室外是春日猛烈的雨雪

室外是雨是雪
是雨雪霏霏
你眼眶般荒涼的驟雨
我額頭般漠漠的暴雪
室外是延自前世的雨雪

紛總總其離合兮
我們懷著化泥的勇氣下降
夢中再度來到了
罪惡的地球故鄉……

kirschenbluete

四月 8, 2008

kirschenbluete

die sonne sieht aus wie der mond
maia pflueckt die kirschenbluete
blueten gleiten auf den boden
leo klammert sich an mich

MW        April 2008

nacht und tag

四月 4, 2008

nacht und tag

es ist eine milde nacht
eine richtig milde nacht
morgen ist der graebertag

heute ist der graebertag
heute ist ein schoener tag
und die meisten haben frei

MW April 2008

we are ready for the games

三月 27, 2008

we are ready for the games

heute wird es wieder warm
es gibt kleine lila blumen
und die rosen kommen wieder
und die voegel singen auch
der maulbeerbaum ist arg beschnitten
manche voegel sind gefangen
und gehoeren alten maennern
auf dem schulhof stehen kinder
exerzieren in der sonne
oder manche auch im schatten
heute wird es wieder warm
ich glaub es sind gut 300
kinder zwischen sechs und zwoelf
alle sind gut vorbereitet
we are ready for the games

MW        Maerz 2008

reden

三月 26, 2008

reden

reden fegt der wind im winter
fegt der wind im winter weg

reden hilft bei starker sonne
hilft bei starker sonne kaum

reden haelt der sturm im fruehjahr
haelt der sturm im fruehjahr nicht

reden kommt im herbst in beijing
kommt in beijing oft zu spaet

MW 31. Dezember 2007

er ist heute wieder gruen

三月 24, 2008

er ist heute wieder gruen

er ist heute wieder gruen
er ist auch noch ziemlich voll
sterne sieht er auch ein paar
und der wind frischt wieder auf

MW        Maerz 2008


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