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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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AUFGEHOBENES GEDICHT – 游若昕

一月 31, 2019

You Ruoxin
AUFGEHOBENES GEDICHT

In den Gedichten die ich geschrieben hab
hab ich nicht wenig
aus verbesserten Aufsätzen
schlechter Ausdruck sagen die Lehrer
zurück aufgehoben.

28.11.2018
Übersetzt von MW im Dezember 2018

 

 

20

一月 25, 2019

Photo by Liu Xia

 

20

20 years ago I wrote my first Chinese poem.
It was in Chongqing. “Wanbao, wanbao!”
That’s what they cry, all over China. Every afternoon.
“Evening news, evening news!”
Evening paper, every town has one.
Some have morning papers, those are called Zaobao,
most of them.
“Get your evening paper!”
Anyway, “wanbao, wanbao!”
could mean late retribution. Bào, what comes back, gets back,
a report. Wan, late. Zao, early.

“Wanbao, wanbao!”
Chongqing was the wartime capital.
Jiefang bei, liberation monument, is the city center.
It’s not from 1945 or 1949,
it’s from the 1930s or so.
Most people don’t know exactly.
Emancipation column. One of my students called it that.
Kang Di, think it was her.
Emancipation in German means women’s lib.
“Emanzipationssäule”.
I was teaching German.
Women’s Liberation Monument.
Women’s Rights Monument.
She didn’t know emancipation means many things.
Didn’t want to correct her.
Another essay was about marriage.
Were they really so conservative, our elders,
when they married a stranger,
when they slept with a stranger they had never seen before?
Good question.
Good essays, especially the girls, the young women.

“Wanbao, wanbao!”
In Beijing it sounded more like “wanbo!”, although Beijing supposedly
is where Mandarin comes from.
“Wanbao, wanbao!”
Chongqing is a hilly city. No bicycles. What did they do, back in the 1960s,
1970s, ’80s, when no-one had a car?
They had porters, for the steep slopes with the stairs,
I guess they’re still there.
“Bang-bang”, people for hire.
They bang on their tools, bang their tools together.
Bang-bang are men, but there are women porters.
Hong Ying’s mother carried sand, rocks and gravel.
Daughter of Hunger, her most famous book.
Daughter of the River in English, it was a bestseller.
Hungry Daughter, Ji’e de nü’er.
That’s right, they have a “ü”, just like in German,
and like in Turkish. Ürümqi, city in China,
nowadays governed like North Korea.
Many re-education camps. They had prisons in Chongqing,
Liao Yiwu was in there,
another famous writer from China.
Didn’t know him then. But Chongqing is about war and imprisonment.
Lieshimu, that’s the address
of our university. We taught German and English.
Two universities, one foreign languages,
the other law and police. Law and politics. Yes, they are not separated.

“Wanbao, wanbao!” No zaobao in Chongqing,
although I’m not sure now.
Lie-shi-mu, Martyr’s Grave.
Geleshan, Gele Mountain, right behind our college,
other side of the train tracks.
Someone was murdered there, some gambling debt.
Students died, one or two every few months.
Nice walks on Geleshan, very peaceful, really.
“Wanbao, wanbao!” Every city in China.
Nowadays people have cell phones,
but there are printed newspapers and magazines.
And printed books, there is no crisis.

“Wanbao, wanbao!” Late reports, late reports.
From the guns. Or whatever.
Karma. Shan means good, doing good.
A Buddhist word. Shan you shanbao,
doing good has good returns.
Wouldn’t that be nice?
But teachers believe it, teachers and parents,
again and again, otherwise you go crazy.

They went crazy too, war and famine,
all the way till 1961, ’62. When Hong Ying was born.
No, also 1969,
Cultural Revolution, like civil war.
Shan you shan-bao,
good deeds, good returns.
“Shan you shanbao, e you e-bao.”
E like in Urgh! Like something disgusting, that’s what it means.
Ur yow ur-pow, something like that. But more like b.
Eh yow e-bao. Yes, “e” like ur. “You” like yo-uw.
Shàn you shànbào, è you èbao.
Do good for good returns, do bad stuff for bad returns.
Not that it doesn’t come back, time isn’t ripe.
That’s how it goes on.

You throw the boomerang, boomerang doesn’t come back,
they tell you wait, it’ll come back.
Karma.
And so I wrote a Buddhist newspaper poem.
Bu shì bu bào, shíhou wei dào.
Wei like in Ai Weiwei, “ei” like in Beijing.
Wei means not yet, that’s his name. Really.
“Wei” like the future.
His father was the most famous Communist poet
of the People’s Republic. Imprisoned in the 1930s,
maybe in Chongqing. Then again under Mao.
Exiled to Xinjiang, North Korea today, re-education camps.
Desert, somewhere between Dunhuang and Ürümqi,
what was the town? It’s a big city now.
Ai Weiwei grew up in a hole in the ground, with his brother.
They are both artists. Anyway, where was I?

Bu shì bu bào, shíhou wei dào.
Not that it doesn’t come back, time isn’t ripe.
Emancipation monument.
MLK day, I have a dream.
They had to memorize the whole speech,
in schools in China, 1970s.
Maybe earlier too, maybe till now.
Good deeds, good returns.
Bad deeds, bad returns.
The Chinese Dream.
Not that it doesn’t come back.
Zao you zaobao, wan you wanbao.
Morning has morning papers, evening has evening news.
Early deeds, early returns.
Late deeds, late returns.
Late returns after gambling.
Famous party secretary, famous police chief,
they are in prison now. Or one is dead?
Killed a British guy, now they imprison Canadians.
Anyway, my poem.

Wanbao, wanbao!
Wanbao, wanbao!

Zao you zaobao,
wan you wanbao.

Bushi bu bao, shihou wei dao.

Actually the saying goes on, the Buddhist Karma.
Once time is ripe, everything comes back.
You don’t need to say that. People know.

晚报,晚报!

早有早报,晚有晚报。
不是不报,时候未到!

MW January 2019

 

Artwork by Liu Xia

 

Photos by Liu Xia

 

 

DREAM #1296 etc. – 伊沙 Yi Sha – TRÄUME

六月 9, 2018

Yi Sha
DREAM 1065

My wife Old G. takes a rope,
ties up a crocodile’s mouth.
Very tight,
then she picks him up
and shoves him
into an iron cage.
In the cage
there are two other
tied-up crocodiles.
She says, “If you want pets,
you have to raise them this way.
Blows before words.
That little dog,
if you had
tied him up first,
he would be
our little dog now.”

May 2017
Translated by MW, June 2018

 

Yi Sha
DREAM 1066

Every village
in china
has a halfwit.
I spend the night in some village
and per accident kill their halfwit.
I am terrified,
and even more terrified
when they don’t notice
his disappearance at all.

I get off scot-free.

May 2017
Translated by MW, June 2018

Yi Sha
DREAM 1296

One fellow teacher
and shitty Mao-fan
jumps to his death.
Blood splatters the empty space
between university buildings.
I am shaken,
extremly surprised,
which goes to show
I never thought
their opposition
to the current dynasty
was the real thing.

Tr. MW, June 2018

 

Yi Sha
TRAUM 1296

einer von den
verschissenen mao-fans
unter meinen kollegen
springt in den tod
sein blut spritzt
auf den leeren platz
zwischen unterrichtsgebäuden
ich bin erschüttert
hätts gar nicht erwartet
aus dem traum kann man sehen
ich hab nie daran geglaubt
dass die mit dieser dynastie
nicht zufrieden sind

Juni 2018
Übersetzt vin MW im Juni 2018

 

《梦(1296)》

我同事中的
一个毛粪
跳楼自杀了
血溅教学楼
中间的空地
我非常震惊
非常意外
由此梦可见
我从不认为
他们对
当朝的不满
是真实的

PROSE POETRY

 

QUESTION

June 2007, Poetry International Festival Rotterdam.
A Chinese from America who writes in English asks me,
“Who is the best poet in China now?”
“I”, I blurt out.

June 2018
Tr. MW, June 2018

 

From WING FEATHERS

In the face of this world-class stupid censorship system, the best method is to write a lot, to write very broadly and very well, till you are so fat you’re not afraid of them cutting off meat.

June 2018
Translated by MW, June 2018

 

From WING FEATHERS

Unlike you, my Kung-Fu guru is not Lu Xun’s brother Zhou Zuoren.
My Shifu’s surname is Liu.

June 2018
Translated by MW, June 2018

 

From WING FEATHERS

Rather than look at the way you guys preen yourself, let me preen myself too: Editing my new poetry collection, I have way too much material, first choice of everything is no good, I have to choose again, and cut away ruthlessly, otherwise the book gets too thick. So I get very edgy.

June 2018
Translated by MW, June 2018

PROSAGEDICHTE

 

FRAGE

juni 2007, 38. internationales poesiefestival rotterdam.
ein ami-chinese der englisch schreibt fragt mich: “wer ist heute der beste dichter in china?”
“ich”, sag ich sofort.

Juni 2018
Übersetzt von MW im Juni 2018

 

AUS DER SERIE “FEDERN”

gegenüber dem weltweit größten zensurapparat ist die beste methode mehr schreiben, breiter schreiben, besser schreiben, ein großer dicker hat weniger angst dass man ihm was wegschneidet.

Juni 2018
Übersetzt von MW im Juni 2018

 

AUS DER SERIE “FEDERN”

Mein Kung-Fu-Lehrer ist nicht wie bei euch Lu Xuns Bruder Zhou Zuoren. Mein Shifu heißt Liu So-undso.

Juni 2018
Übersetzt von MW im Juni 2018

 

AUS DER SERIE “FEDERN”

wenn ich euch zuschau wie ihr euch produziert, produzier ich mich lieber selber. ich redigiere grad mein neues gedichtbuch, hab viel zu viel material, das erste mal auswählen ist komplett unnütz, ich muss wieder auswählen, rücksichtslos wegschneiden, sonst wird das buch zu dick. ich werd ganz nervös.

Juni 2018
Übersetzt von MW im Juni 2018

散文诗

 

《反问》

2007年6月,第38届鹿特丹国际诗歌节期间。
一位用英语写作的美国华裔诗人问我:"谁是目前中国最好的诗人?"
"我。"我脱口而出。

 

《羽翼》

对付世界仅存的唯二出版审查制度的最好办法就是写多写广写好,做个大胖子不怕刀割肉。

 

《羽翼》

我的二先生跟你们不同,不是周作人,而是刘⋯⋯

 

《羽翼》

看尔等装逼不如我来装一下:编选新诗集,诗太多太好,初选率太高,这是白劳动,复选、决选时还得狠狠删,否则书太厚⋯⋯我的心情开始烦躁起来。

IN ZHUOZHOU – 侯馬

十二月 7, 2017


Hou Ma
IN ZHUOZHOU

I was a teacher in Zhuozhou,
took the whole class to Zhoukoudian
to see Upper Cave Man.
On our way back by bicycle,
I sang a song,
Zhang Chu’s “Yellow Earth”.
When I was finished,
my students applauded me,
raising their hands.
And so they fell in a heap
on the road.
Don’t be a teacher!
Kids are just way too pure at heart.

10/14/17
Translated by MW in December 2017

120. straßen und blumen und frauen

九月 22, 2017

chausseen
chausseen und blumen

blumen
blumen und frauen

chausseen
chausseen und frauen

chausseen und blumen und frauen und
ein verehrer

avenues
avenues and flowers

flowers
flowers and women

avenues
avenues and women

avenues and flowers and women and
an admirer

Lyrikzeitung & Poetry News

Seit dem Wintersemester 2011/12 werden alle Studierenden der Alice Salomon Hochschule Berlin (ASH) auf Spanisch begrüßt, denn der Preisträger des Alice Salomon Poetik Preises 2011, Eugen Gomringer, stellte sein Gedicht „avenidas“ für die Gestaltung der südlichen Außenwand der Hellersdorfer Hochschule bereit. Als Begründer der Konkreten Poesie und zugleich einer ihrer prominentesten Vertreter zählt Eugen Gomringer zu den bedeutendsten Autoren der deutschen Gegenwartsliteratur. „Wir freuen uns sehr über diese bleibende Erinnerung an unseren Poetikpreisträger Eugen Gomringer und sind uns sicher, dass die Strahlkraft des Kunstwerkes weit über unsere Hochschule und den Bezirk Hellersdorf hinausgeht“, so Prof. Dr. Theda Borde, Rektorin der ASH Berlin. Mit einer Fläche von 15 Metern Höhe mal 14 Metern Breite zählt das Kunstwerk zu den größten Gedichten an öffentlicher Wand.

In Anlehnung an die Konkrete Kunst prägte Eugen Gomringer in den 50er Jahren den Begriff Konkrete Poesie – eine Dichtkunst, die das „Sprachmaterial“ in den Vordergrund stellt…

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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

 

TEACHER – 沈浩波 Shen Haobo

八月 12, 2017


Shen Haobo
TEACHER

People often tell me
I look just like him
When I open my mouth,
my tone and my mien make me even more similar.
He was a teacher at my university,
but I was not in his class.
If I had been his student,
would I be his perfect spitting image?
But how could I think
I could be like him?
He used his own life
to teach me
a moral lesson.
If he had not used his own life
for this lesson,
no-one would have believed him.

July 2017
Translated by MW, August 2017

老师 | 沈浩波

经常听人说
我和他长得像
一听我开口说话
口气和神态就更像了
他是我母校的老师
但我没当过他的学生
如果我当过他的学生
会不会和他更像?
但我怎么配
和他更像呢?
他用生命
给我上了一堂
道德课
这种课
不用命来上
就不会有人信

AUS MÜNCHEN

六月 24, 2016

Muenchen

DURCH MÜNCHEN ROLLEN

durch münchen rollen
und dann chinesisch
auf dem turm der tu.
oben im freien
dachauer straße,
brienner straße
sind doch drei silben?
wie erkennt man gedichte?
dachauer straße,
ankunft in münchen.
vogelgezwitscher.
vögelgezwitscher?
was kann man sagen?
das haus der kunst
der englische garten
der kunst ihre freiheit
die surfer im bach
durch münchen rollen
die junisonne
vollmond, fast vollmond.
sinologie.
eine veranstaltung zur poesie.
ich bin der einzige mann in der runde.
sinologie und sdi.
forschen und dolmetschen.
wie erkenn ich den rhythmus?
wie mach ich meine eigene sprache?
auf dem balkon steht ein hirsch
dort oben hinten steht eine frau
oder was ist das?
tot wie die sonne
die warme sonne
eine lebendige kommt jetzt heraus
hebt etwas auf
auf dem balkon.
dachauer straße.
brienner straße
wieviele silben?
muss ich etwas erklären?
vögel üben den ganzen tag.
vögelgezwitscher
sinologie
der kunst ihre freiheit.
dachauer straße
kindertheater
julia radelt mit mir durch münchen
das war ludwig der erste
das waren die nazis
die musikhochschule
was macht ein gedicht aus?
ich heiße fiona. ich heiße anna.
ich arianna. ich heiße helga.
bei uns auf spanisch.
das ist ganz neu
zur nationalsozialistischen herrschaft
ein schöner kubus
mit vielen fenstern
ich bin der heiße mann der gedichte
angerollt aus der ferne.
ich bin aus wien.
danke, Rebecca!
danke Armin und Julia.
Danke Euch allen.

MW Juni 2016

 

LANGE JENSEITS 

ich sitze im zug 
zwei alte frauen reden von kleidern 
sind die nicht lange jenseits 
schießt mir durch den kopf 
lange jenseits von schönheit 
außer für alte 
alte für alte 
junge für junge 
ich bin 50 jahre 
fünfziger für fünfziger
meine frau hat noch zwei, drei jahre 
jedenfalls sind wir jung 
jenseits kann warten 

MW Juni 2016

POEMS FROM OCTOBER – Yi Sha 伊沙

十一月 9, 2015

Yi Sha VSC photos

POEMS FROM OCTOBER – Yi Sha 伊沙

Yi Sha
SKY IN SHANGHAI

on our first afternoon in shanghai
there was a symposium
at the academy of social sciences
dinner in another building
eating dinner
I have to go to the bathroom
from the bathroom window
I see the sky
it is just getting dark
the sun is setting
the sky is red
this is a whole different sky
my mother
grew up under this sky
now she and the sky
they have become one

October 2015
Tr. MW, Nov. 2015

《上海的天空》

到达上海的头天下午
在社科院
开了一下午研讨会
晚餐时进了另一幢楼
进餐过程中
我上了一回厕所
从厕所的窗子
看见上海的天空
正值黄昏
夕阳西下
红霞满天
那是不一样的天空啊
我的母亲
望着它长大
如今已经与它
融为一体

Yi Sha
WHO IS GOING TO SLEEP WITH YOU

my wife is on a business trip
asks me on the phone:
“who will sleep with you tonight?”
“a flea”
is my answer

it’s the truth
I had classes all day
had a nap at noon in the teacher’s room
on the old sofa
and got bitten all over

October 2015
Tr. MW, Nov. 2015

《谁陪你睡觉》

在外出差的妻
打来电话问:
“今晚谁陪你睡觉?”
“一只虱子”
我回答道

我说的是真的
今儿我全天有课
午休在教研室的
一张破沙发上
被咬了一身疙瘩

Yi Sha
DREAM 566

I don’t trust this group of people
they are sitting at a round table
eating their fill from a big plate of living
bugs

October 2015
Tr. MW, Nov. 2015

《梦(566)》

我不信任的一伙人
围坐在一个圆桌边
在大吃一盘活着的
虫子

Yi Sha
DREAM 567

the chinese men’s basketball team
came back after four years on top of asia
and earned their ticket for the olympics
in rio next year
after I saw the game
I fell asleep, then I saw it again
they still won the cup
but the process was different
even the finals
there was another opponent

October 2015
Tr. MW, Nov. 2015

《梦(567)》

中国男篮在时隔四年后
重新夺回亚洲冠军
并拿到明年
里约奥运会的入场券
在看完决赛的夜里
我又梦见了他们夺冠
结果是一样的
但过程全然不同
连决赛对手都换了

Yi Sha
DREAM 568

the japanese have occupied china
and installed cameras in every classroom
they need to watch every minute
everything I am teaching
my hate for the japanese
keeps building up
till the day it explodes

October 2015
Tr. MW, Nov. 2015

《梦(568)》

日本占领时期
教室里安装了探头
他们时刻监视着
我在课堂上的讲授
我对日本人的仇恨
蓄积着
等待爆发的一天

Yi Sha
DREAM 569

I am a woman
the dissident zhang zhixin
trussed up for slaughter
led to the river bank
for execution
a bullet is coming
it goes right between my brows
but I don’t fall down
I am not dead
I feel electricity
up and down in my body

the sky is blue as never before

October 2015
Tr. MW, 2015

《梦(569)》

我是女人
是张志新
被五花大绑
押往河滩
执行枪决
一颗子弹射来
正中我眉心
却没有倒下
没有死
全身上下
通电之感

天空无比湛蓝

Yi Sha
DREAM 570

I dreamed of a window
what was outside the window
that was the part
I cannot remember

October 2015
Tr. MW, Nov. 2015

《梦(570)》

我梦见了
一扇窗子
窗外景色
是梦醒之后
忘却的部分

Yi Sha
DREAM 571

I took a nap
I had a dream
I’m sure of that
but forgot all the contents
the whole afternoon
I couldn’t remember one thing
it felt as bad
as loosing money

October 2015
Tr. MW, Nov. 2015

《梦(571)》

午觉时
我做了个梦
我只记得
这个行为
但却忘记了内容
整个下午
怎么想也想不起
就像丢了钱
一样难受

Yi Sha
DREAM 572

I always thought
I don’t like women who are good in sports
but why am I dreaming
of a girl in high school
who sat next to me
she was javelin champion
I feel very nervous
I am very much under pressure
this is the second time
I am dreaming about her
I wrote another poem
about that first time

October 2015
Tr. MW, Nov. 2015

《梦(572)》

我一直以为
我不喜欢
体育型的女生
但为什么
当我梦见
中学时代那个
女子标枪冠军
做了我同桌时
却诚惶诚恐
倍感压力
有诗可查
这已经是
我第二次梦见她

Yi Sha
DREAM 574

“this is a contemporary poem“,
says the shanghai poet lu yu
about a piece by qi guo.
“many people write modern poems,
but they don’t write contemporary poems.”
this really happened three days ago
in zhujiajiao water town next to shanghai
at a poetry festival.
now I have dreamed about it
because I have said a while ago:
“if it isn’t contemporary,
it isn’t really a modern poem.”

October 2015
Tr. MW, Nov. 2015

《梦(574)》

“这是一首当代诗”
上海诗人陆渔在评点
祁国的一首诗:
“大部分诗人
写的是现代诗
而不是当代诗……”

那是在三天前
在上海朱家角水乡诗会上
真实发生过的一幕
重现在我昨夜的梦中
那是因为我早就说过:
“缺乏当代性
绝非真正的现代诗”

Yi Sha
DREAM 578

I am having a fight with my wife.
Some chicken-feather-small thing,
garlic-peal-thing, we can’t stop fighting.

An old holy man
comes down from the sky,
and touches the crown of her head.
She stops fighting with me.

I take a great leap
to jump into the sky
and beat that old man.

October 2015
Tr. MW, Nov. 2015

《梦(578)》

我和老婆在吵架
为件鸡毛蒜皮的小事
吵个不休

一个仙翁
从天而降
伸手摸了她的顶
她就不再跟我吵了

我一跃而起
跃上天空
追打仙翁

Yi Sha
DREAM 580

some town in yunnan
probably dali

she is selling flowers
gets me to follow her
into a dark room
then she has changed
into a prostitute

I haven’t done anything
but I am getting caught

October 2015
Tr. MW, Nov. 2015

《梦(580)》

云南某城
好像是大理

一个卖花女
将我引诱到
一个小黑屋
摇身一变
成卖淫女

我啥都没干
却当场被抓

Yi Sha
DREAM 581

As a volunteer
I walk into
a camp of syrian refugees
I am very surprised
everyone of them
looks like one of us
from the country I come from.
I know their faces,
they all look like family.

October 2015
Tr. MW, Nov. 2015

《梦(581)》

作为一名志愿者
我走进
叙利亚难民营
惊讶地发现
他们都长着
一张张同胞的脸
把我认作
祖国的亲人

FOR TEACHER ZHANG IN HEAVEN – 马非

四月 21, 2015

Ma Fei

Ma Fei
A CONSOLATION FOR THE LATE MR. ZHANG, MY FORMER TEACHER

In junior high,
there was a character,
I wrote it wrong
again and again,
every time
we had a dictation.
Now I can write it,
I’ll write it for you:
“rain” on the top,
“worms” down at the left,
as in “insects and worms”.
“Inside” at the right,
like “outside and inside”.
I can write it correctly
and make a phrase:
“fog-like haze”.
I can make sentences with “haze”,
many sentences.

Tr. MW, April 2015

Ma Fei
FÜR HERRN LEHRER ZHANG IM HIMMEL ZUM TROST

in der mittelschule
gab es ein zeichen,
das schrieb ich immer falsch.
immer wieder,
jedesmal
beim diktat.
aber jetzt kann ich es schreiben.
ich schreib es dir vor:
oben kommt “regen”,
unten links “würmer”,
wie “insekten und würmer”.
unten rechts “innen”,
wie in “außen und innen”.
und nicht nur das,
ich kann das zeichen gebrauchen:
dunstglocke.
ich kann auch sätze mit “dunst” bilden,
ganz viele sätze.

Übers. v. MW, April 2015

Ma Fei Dunst auf Tibetisch

JAILBIRDS AND HEROES – 西毒何殇 Xidu Heshang

十月 19, 2014

Xidu Heshang

Xidu Heshang
JAILBIRDS AND HEROES

that year our teacher loved chi zhiqiang
actor who went to jail for loose behaviour
we had a contest for prison songs
my “tears on prison bars” earned me first prize:
black “hero” fountain pen

2014-09-08
Tr. MW, Oct. 2014


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