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FAX POEM – 伊沙 Yi Sha

六月 16, 2019

Yi Sha
FAX POEM

In 1994
before Bukowski died
he wrote his first and only fax poem
in the poem he writes
“this is my first FAX POEM
it’s too late:
I have been
smitten.”
In the same year
I received an invitation
from Norway
requesting particular poets all over the world
to send their poem in their mother tongue
at one particular day
to one particular number
The host on his side would collect these poems
stick them on a huge wall
this poetry wall would be kept forever
I have forgotten
which poem I sent
it was through the telephone clerk
at my parents’ work unit
I don’t know if Bukowski
wrote for this activity
if he did
it was the only time Old Bu and I
came together
alive

June 2019
Translated by MW, June 2019

6月第88首,总14267首
@长安伊沙
《传真诗》

1994年
布考斯基死前
写下了平生第一首传真诗
他在诗中写道:
"这是我的第一首传真诗。
太迟了:
我已经
被击昏。"
正是在那一年
我也接到过一个邀请
来自挪威
希望全世界受邀的诗人
都在某个特定的日子
向某个指定的传真电话发诗
用各自母语创作的诗
主办方收到这些诗
会集中贴到一面大墙上
那面诗墙将被永久保存
我当时发的哪一首
已经忘记了
是托父母单位的电话员
发送的
我不知道布考斯基
是否为这个活动而写
如果是
那便是我与老布
平生惟一的交集

Yi Sha
DREAM #1477

dreamt about the state
of a poem
not the content

three stanzas
every one
well written

but over all it was no good

June 2019
Translated by MW, June 2019

 

6月第85首,总14264首
@长安伊沙
《梦(1477)》

梦见了一首诗
的状态
而非内容

它分三段
每一段
都写得挺好

但整体并不好

Yi Sha
SING ALOUD TOGETHER WITH THEM:
LET US DIP IN TWIN OARS

In 1985 fall and winter semester
I had just started at Beijing Normal University
I was transferred
to the university primary school
to one 4th class
to help in their activities
Before I left
these sweet primary students
gave me all sorts of presents
The most beautiful girl
(from Beijing Film Studio parents)
gave me a photo
of Clark Gable,
said “You look like him”
(Good heavens!)
Oh, never saw her again,
this girl who was born
in 1974.
But in my heart
she grew up,
grew up into a great beauty,
high school and college,
working
love, marriage, kids
a whole happy life

June 2019
Translated by MW, June 2019

 

《与他们一起高唱
让我们荡起双桨》

1985年秋冬
刚入北师大
我被派到
北师大附小
四年级某班
帮助他们搞活动
临别时
可爱的小学生
送我各种小礼物
班里最漂亮的女生
(北影厂子弟)
送我一张
克拉克.盖博的照片
说:"你长得像他"
(我的天哪!)
哦,后来我再没见过
这位1974年出生的
小女生
后来她在我心中
长大了
长成了大美人
上中学上大学
然后工作
恋爱结婚生子
过着幸福的人生

Yi Sha
DREAM #1474

She appears in your dream
meaning
she loves you
even if you don’t accept love
her love
in your subconscious
you will cherish her
and
full of thanks

June 2019
Tr. MW, June 2019

 

6月第75首,总14254首
@长安伊沙
《梦(1474)》

她在梦中伏现
意味着
爱你者
即使你不接爱
她的爱
你的潜意识
也会珍存她
并且
满含感恩

Yi Sha
DREAM #1473

I am a short-track
Croatian
speed-skater
have snatched gold
at the winter olympics
on the winner’s podium
they are playing my hymn
and flying my colors
I help the runner-up
the Russian contestant
to wipe the blood at his mouth
where he was hit in the race
from my blade

June 2019
Tr. MW, June 2019

 

6月第74首,总14253首
@长安伊沙
《梦(1473)》

我是一名
短道速滑选手
克罗地亚人
一举夺得了
冬奥会冠军
领奖台上
国歌奏响
国旗升起
我为亚军得主
俄罗斯选手
拭去嘴角的血迹
他是在比赛中
被我的冰刀
划伤的

Yi Sha
MEAL

I have always thought
a pile of meat
does not constitute
a meal
and neither does
a pile of greens
got to have grain
grains are the soul
of Chinese cooking
only grain
fills me inside

June 2019
Tr. MW, June 2019

 

6月第56首,总14235首
@长安伊沙
《饭》

我始终认为
一堆肉
不能构成
一餐饭
一堆草
也不能构成
一餐饭
还是要有谷
谷才是
中餐之魂
我胃里的
镇物 ​​​​

6月11日 18:39

Yi Sha
CRAZY-GROWING VINE

The vine on our balcony
grows like crazy.
Martin Winter’s son,
our friend young Leo
has christened this stalk
“Lincoln”.
Sturdy Lincoln leans out
far into the courtyard
summons the people
to free the slaves
and wage war
against an unjust system.

For a moment
I hear shots ringing out

May 2019
Tr. MW, June 2019

 

《疯长的葡萄树》

伊沙

我家阳台上的
葡萄树在疯长
那棵被维马丁之子
乐友小朋友
命名为“林肯”的
葡萄树
状若总统先生
探出身子在演讲
号召人民
解放黑奴
向不合理的制度开战

某一瞬间
我听见枪声响起

Photo by Li Haiquan

Yi Sha
CHILDREN’S DAY

We were resting
in an old pavilion
at Qujiang South Lake
with Martin and Old Professor Ren.
A little boy
jumps out at Martin:
“Grandpa, hello!
It is June 1st, Children’s Day!”
Suddenly it’s like I see
myself almost 50 years ago
hiding in a thicket at Xingqing park
throwing rocks at a foreigner
as Chairman Mao’s little Red Guard

June 2019
Tr. MW, June 2019

 

6月第24首,总14203首
@长安伊沙
《儿童节追记》

那天在曲江南湖
古亭中
与任老、马丁小憩
一个小男孩
忽然跳到马丁面前:
"爷爷,你好!
今天是六一儿童节!"
我恍然看见
将近五十年前的我
躲在兴庆公园的树丛里
朝老外丢石子
是毛主席的红小兵

Yi Sha
BAMBOO LEAVES ALL OVER THE WORLD

This Dragon-Boat Festival
I remember another Dragon-Boat festival day
12 years ago
in Rotterdam
where my enemies cannot go
A poster on a utility pole by the road
reminded me
it was Dragon-Boat day
I had a date with Arthur Sze
and Ye Mimi from Taiwan
for a late-night snack at that Chinese restaurant.
I was going to treat them
for Dragon-Boat Zongzi.
But in the end
we didn’t go,
don’t know why.
Actually that’s really too bad.
If we had eaten
Zongzi that night
that wonderful poetry festival
would make my enemies’ eyes
go red even now
even more

June 2019
Tr. MW, June 2019

 

6月第17首,总14196首
@长安伊沙

《天涯何处无粽叶》

在这个端午
怀想起那个端午
十二年前
在仇伊者见不得的
鹿特丹
路边电线杆上
中餐馆的促销海报
提醒我
今天是端午节
我跟美籍华裔诗人施家彰
台湾女诗人叶觅觅说好了
夜宵去这家中餐
我坐东请他俩吃粽子
可是后来
不知什么原因
没有去成
今天回想起来
颇觉遗憾
如果当晚
吃到了粽子
那届诗歌节的美好
便会翻倍
无能的仇伊者的红眼病
还会加剧

Yi Sha
DREAM #1466

I
am busy behind a cannon
The ammunition piled there
isn’t physical cannon balls
but an abstract
idea: responsibility

June 2019
Tr. MW, June 2019

 

6月第16首,总14195首
@长安伊沙
《梦(1466)》


在一门大炮的后面
忙碌着
那里堆放的不是
有形的炮弹
而是无形的抽象的
概念:责任

Yi Sha
DREAM #1465

Stick it in
pull it out
stick it in
pull it out
feeling sad

June 2019
Translated by MW, June 2019

 

6月第15首,总14194首
@长安伊沙
《梦(1465)》

插进去
拔出来
插进去
拔出来
好伤心 ​​​​

 

Yi Sha
TRAUM 1465

Reinstecken
Rausziehen
Reinstecken
Rausziehen
Traurig

Juni 2019
Übersetzt von MW im Juni 2019

 

 

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CCTV – 游若昕 – ÜBERWACHUNG

六月 8, 2018

You Ruoxin
CCTV

In our classroom
they set up a camera.
At first,
many people
were ill at ease.
Now,
when we come in,
we salute the CCTV
and say to our teacher,
Hello Mr. Hu!
or
Hello Ms. Zheng!

4/27/18
Translated by MW, June 2018

You Ruoxin
ÜBERWACHUNG

in unserer klasse
haben sie eine kamera installiert
zuerst
waren viele
nervös
jetzt
kommen wir rein
und salutieren
und sagen zur kamera
hallo herr lehrer hu
hallo frau lehrer zheng
oder so

Ningde, 24.4.2018
Übersetzt von MW am 1.Juni 2018

FAITH – 伊沙 Yi Sha

九月 13, 2017

Yi Sha
FAITH

New semester has started,
teachers in our department
first have a meeting for everyone,
then one for party members.
In between,
four get kicked out:
one democratic party person,
one Christian,
one Buddhist,
one me.
The Christian one is not very serious
(many Christians in China
aren’t),
so he makes fun of me:
“Only you
have no faith …”
I look askance at him
and tell him slowly:
“What do you think
poetry does for me?”

September 2017
Tr. MW, Sept. 2017

 

 

Yi Sha
GLAUBE

zum beginn des neuen semesters
haben die lehrenden im institut
zuerst eine sitzung für alle
dann eine parteisitzung
dazwischen werden vier rausgeschmissen:
einer: demokratische partei,
ein christ,
ein buddhist,
ein ich.
der christ ist nicht ernsthaft
(christen in china
sind oft nicht ernsthaft)
und sagt mir zum spass:
“nur du
hast keinen glauben.”
ich schau ihn schief an,
geb in ruhe zurück:
“was glaubst du,
was poesie für mich ist?”

September 2017
Übersetzt von MW im September 2017

 

《信仰》

开学料
我院教师
先开全员会
再开党员会
两会之间
滚出来四个人
一个民主党派
一个基督教徒
一个佛教徒
一个我
基督徒不厚道
(中国人信基督
基本不厚道)
拿我打趣道:
"只有你
没信仰⋯⋯"
我斜视之
悠然反问:
"你以为诗歌
对于我是什么?"

2017/9

 

(DAUERFEUER) – 伊沙

九月 27, 2016

yi-sha-1988

Yi Sha
(DAUERFEUER)

amerikanische demokratie
wir sehen einfach wie
sich zwei clowns produzieren
nur die menschheit sagt sich zum trost
“ah! die wahl das system das sie auswählt
ist aber gerecht.”

September 2016
Übers. v. MW im Sept. 2016

《点射》

美国的民主莫过如此
我们明明看到两个
选出来的老丑在耍宝
人类却自我安慰说
唉!选出他们的制度
还是公平的

Yi Sha
EIN GUTER DICHTER, ICH DENK IMMER WIEDER AUF EINMAL AN IHN

vor fünf jahren in huizhou
jiang huhai hat mich dazu gebracht
mit arbeitsmigranten zusammen zu lesen
ich les meine eigenen gedichte
bestehe darauf alles bis zum ende zu hören
stoße damit auf spott und unverständnis
sogar auf zweifel an meinen gründen
von seiten eines schwindlers aus übersee
und zweier dichterinnen aus peking
weder damals noch heute weiß einer von denen
Xu Lizhi
war einer der dichter dort auf der bühne

September 2016
Übersetzt von MW im September 2016

我总是忽然想起一位好诗人

五年前过惠州
江湖海拉我出席
一场打工诗人朗诵会
我亲诵己作
坚持听完的举动
遭到一位海外来的骗骗
和两位京城来的女诗人
的不解和嘲笑-其中一位
甚至怀疑我动机何在
不论当时还是现在
他们都不知道
许立志
就在登台朗诵的
打工诗人之中

2016/9

 

Yi Sha
ALWAYS SUDDENLY THINKING OF A GOOD POET

Five years ago, passed by in Huizhou.
Jianghu Hai pulled me up on a stage.
Migrant workers reciting their poetry.
I read my own stuff,
then insisted on listening until the end.
For this I received scorn and confusion
from an overseas swindler
and two female poets from Beijing,
who also questioned my motives.
They didn’t know
and don’t know today
Xu Lizhi
was one of those workers
up there on the stage.

September 2016
Tr. MW, 2016-2017

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UNDER THE STARS – 劉天雨

九月 23, 2015

Sterne

Liu Tianyu
UNDER THE STARS

stars in different shapes
painted on paper
kids are playing under the stars
his son finished painting
now he’s outside
father looks at the stars
till he can’t stand it
picks up a red pen
to make sure
each one is a five-pointed star

8/13/15
Tr. MW, Sept. 2015

More poems by Liu Tianyu in English: Click down below the picture.

Liu Tianyu
UNTER DEN STERNEN

sterne in vielen formen
gemalt auf papier
unter den sternen spielen die kinder
auch sein sohn hat fertig gemalt
und ist hinausgerannt
der vater schaut sich die sterne an
schaut bis er es nicht mehr aushält
er nimmt einen rotstift
macht aus allen sternen
fünfzackige

13. August 2015
Übersetzt von MW im September 2015

Liu Tianyu

Su Bugui tr. Liu Tianyu

THE SUN ALSO CRASHES

十月 23, 2014

CAM00373

FOR NOTHING

many times democrats do what is right
many republicans do what is evil

so what is the problem?

the rich getting richer
the poor getting poorer
no matter what

one-party systems lack checks and balances
they will be overthrown in the end

so what is the problem?

the rich getting richer
the poor getting poorer
no matter what

maybe this is a reason
people keep walking out of a stadium
when mr. president speaks

in the nation of football
the sun also crashes

the rich getting richer
the poor getting poorer
no matter what

some people see our ethereal bodice
if you do yoga you can be healthy

so what is the problem?

the rich getting richer
the poor getting poorer
no matter what

you can wear beautiful clothes if you like
labor is cheap somewhere in asia
there could be sun enough for your car

so what is the problem?

the rich getting richer
the poor getting poorer
no matter what

MW Vermont Studio Center, Oct. 2014

“COMPROMISE”, CHINESE-ENGLISH 《妥協的中英文解釋》

四月 24, 2014

fei

FEI (Sex 13)
 COMPROMISE, CHINESE-ENGLISH

under the system
you learn to compromise
anyone
the system
is a huge condom
never let no-one pierce it
you might get pregnant
being pregnant
means all sorts of things
you could get aborted
you could be induced
and end up dead

compromise
the english word
you make a promise
a common promise
collective promise

“tuŏxié” in mandarin
“xié” like in “xiéshāng”
negotiation
“tuŏ” like in “tuŏdang”
suitably done

Tr. MW, April 2014

 

性13
《妥协的中英文解释》

在体制下
你要学会妥协
任何人
体制
是一个巨大的安全套
你不要轻易地捅破它
很容易怀孕
而怀孕
意味着各种情况
比如你自己的被流产
被引产
包括死亡

妥协
英文是compromise
Promise是承诺
那么
Compromise
则是共同承诺
妥当地协商
是为“妥协”


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