Posts Tagged ‘Stalin’

“welt bleib wach”

九月 25, 2018


Welt, bleib wach
sagt meine Werbung für
Ich mag Buchhandlungen
Maybe they have Mary and the Witch’s Flower
or we’ll get it in China
Thalia is big enough
the main one at Wien Mitte
to have stuff in English and DVDs
and other languages maybe
I dream of a bookstore
with Turkish Arabic Czech and Hungarian
Slovac Italian Hebrew Slovenian
and many other books
in Vienna
a chain store
maybe Thalia even
that would be something
to stem the tide
of people glued to their smartphones
or screens with ebooks
maybe just a little

MW September 2018



i hate my tube tutorials
i hate your tube tutorials
i hate his tube tutorials
i hate her tube tutorials
i hate its tube tutorials
i hate our tube tutorials
i hate your tube tutorials
i hate their tube tutorials

maybe we should have our tubes tied
just kiddin’

is there a tutorial for poetry?

MW September 2018


In a quick ad they say that very quickly
in German they are so excited
there is an extra r
Es gibtr mehr Gefühle als Emojis
Who cares
people ain’t gonna read any more books
if you tell them books are cooler than movies
or things on a screen
which could be books
or poetry

sell your books
more power to you
Your campaign in German is rather retro
Welt, bleib wach
sounds like something from 1932
everyone knows
world didn’t stay awake, not enough
Just how long would you have to stay awake
with a nice book
from the chain store
with this nice ad
to prevent

I have a poem about emojis
no, it’s not written in emojis
it’s in Chinese
I translated it into German
its a very nice poem

They have it up in the streetcars
and buses in Stuttgart
Maybe two more months
I still don’t have a photograph
They sent me two posters
they also sent two posters to China
and a very nice letter

Poetry doesn’t prevent anything
Mao wrote poetry
Stalin wrote poetry
Don’t know if Mussolini
wrote poetry
or Tojo or Franco
or that fucking German Austrian fart

Emojis are nice
Emojis are not competing with books

The poem is by Jiang Xinhe
she was 14
when she wrote it in 2017
The poem is called USELESS CHINESE
that’s a short version


On a train through the desert
I add
an Uighur boy on my WeChat
When I’m back in Shenzhen we say hello
but I don’t understand Uighur
and he doesn’t understand Chinese writing
Talking doesn’t work out either
so we can only send emojis
We have used every emoji available
all the way down
we are starting again
from the top


So what’s your emotion
after reading this poem?

Do you know
what’s going on about Uighurs
in China?
Right now, in 2018?

The camps
must have been there
in 2017, last year,
some of them.

Hundreds of thousands, some say one million
mostly men and boys
caught up in camps
for re-education.

Women, too.

So where is that boy now?

I am afraid
to ask the poet.

MW September 2018




schade um kern
schade um die spö
schade um österreich
schade um wien
aber hauptsache
die u6
wird steril

MW September 2018




schwiegersohn und sicher kein nazi
aber ein rechter mann für die wirtschaft
koaliert mit
abgehalftertem ex-neonazi
und konsorten
und die machen zusammen
die entsprechende politik.
oder soll ich’s vielleicht
netter sagen?
naja, es gibt noch den präsidenten
und lokal gibt’s auch noch ganz viel
und lokale gibt’s auch noch ganz viele.

MW September 2018




das kinderfreibad in wien ist sehr schön
ich mein das im dritten bezirk
über den gürtel
also vielleicht schon im zehnten
nicht weit vom elften
im schweizergarten
nicht weit von der welt
nämlich von der autobahn
vom hauptbahnhof sowieso

alte bäume
ein schönes gelände
heuer haben sie modernisiert
neue klos
alles größer
dort hinten war früher ein basketballring

jetzt im september sind keine leute
endlich hat es richtig geregnet
aber die sonne ist noch genug

MW September 2018




noch einen
noch einen
noch einen
noch einen
noch einen
sind es schon acht
noch einen
ich weiß ich hab
mindestens acht vertragen

MW September 2018





十一月 24, 2015



I am still praying for Paris
ten days later
I pray for Vienna
next to the French consulate
is the Soviet monument
I pass it in streetcar D
there are wreaths at the monument every year
there are flowers all around the consulate
second time this year
every time it gets cold
mass graves detected again in Iraq
this time elderly women

who could not be sold easily
according to Facebook
probably accurate
the Soviet monument to peace in Europe
lots of Greek columns
inscribed by Stalin
and a big fountain
with water straight from the alps
the architect of the aqueduct
that keeps Vienna alive
lets it bloom again and again
was a Jew

MW November 2015


Picture by Sara Bernal


ich bete auch heute noch für paris
zehn tage später
ich bete für wien
neben dem französischen konsulat
liegt das russendenkmal
ich fahre im d-wagen vorbei
am denkmal gibt es jedes jahr kränze
am konsulat sind rundherum blumen
zum zweiten mal in diesem jahr
jedesmal wenn es kalt wird
wieder massengräber entdeckt im irak
diesmal ältere frauen
jedenfalls laut facebook
es wird schon stimmen
das russendenkmal ist sehr pathetisch
in griechischen formen
mit texten von stalin
und einem brunnen
der kommt aus den alpen
der architekt der wasserleitung
die wien am leben erhält
und immer wieder zum blühen bringt
war ein jude

MW November 2015


Picture by Sara Bernal


八月 3, 2015

Warsaw bicycleWARSAW

the eagle is not beautiful
the shadow of the eagle is
they have a chapel for Katyn
across from uprising square
the uprising was very brave
they won at first
the Red Army was there
just across the river
but the Red Army waited
then the Germans came back
they razed Warsaw City
the Red Army waited
that was in 1944
before that was the Ghetto
the Ghetto uprising
Stalin’ s culture palace stands in its place
in the place of the Ghetto
was in 1940
tens of thousands of Polish officers
killed by Soviet intelligence
Ukrainians too
they have a chapel for Katyn
across from Uprising Square
tens of thousands of names
and a beautiful eagle
they say
I like its shadow

MW July 2015

Warsaw eagle
Jacqueline Winter

A beautiful summer morning. Biking through the historical center. The bike return station is next to the monument of the 1944 uprising against the Nazis. HOW many dead and wounded, while the Red Army literally stood by on the outskirts of town? And the city dynamited and emptied of its population…you would never think it, looking at it now.
Across the street, inside a church, a simple and gut- wrenching memorial to the Katyn massacre victims. With a side memorial for the Smolensk plane crash of 2010, which I fail to understand. Must ask a local where they see the connection- if they do.
And what a tough people: exiled, murdered, bombed, map redrawn…yet they rebuilt splendidly from the rubble while still dirt- poor and were the first to put up meaningful nonviolent resistance to the Soviets back in 1980. And had free elections as soon as they could.
Swinoujscie – Swinemünde had public exhibits around town about their common history with Germany, bilingual. A strongly German city which was bombed flat 55% for being a naval base. No mention of the pre-war German population in Warsaw, though…
The Warsaw “Stalin cake” / Palace of Culture and Science is still on the grounds of the Jewish ghetto. That uprising was in 1943. A few meters of markings on the ground to show where its outer wall once stood. That is all.

meine rede

Martin Winter

People are trying to get by everywhere. First World vs. Third World (or Second World) creates issues of privilege. Just like different kinds of background, experience, heritage make for issues of disconnect within a common country or region. Why are people stupid enough to vote for or even work with racist rightist arseholes in Hitler-spawning Austria? Austria-Hungary-Germany whatever? My friends in China try to get by. Like people everywhere. Some get to express how they detest the state they are in. Some more than others. Like people anywhere, more or less. Some have their audience, as famous poets or fiction writers. Yes, things have improved very much in Taiwan, and in China there is the same repression going on in some ways. Yes, everyone is taking part more or less, including foreigners. All in all, foreign media is a good influence. Most of it. Everywhere probably, in every country, reporting from any outsider’s stance or background can be very refreshing. I was privileged in Taiwan and in China, in Eastern Europe, even in America. On the other hand, I am in between. Every day I talk and work with people and texts from different worlds. It’s a great life, all in all.

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