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UN GRAND ASSEMBLY – 凉风 Liang Feng – GENERALVERSAMMLUNG DER VEREINTEN NATIONEN

10月 27, 2021

Liang Feng
UN GRAND ASSEMBLY

As a temporary resident,
I planted vegetables
in the factory grounds on the river.
To deal with a few thieving birds,
I looked at the methods they had in the village.
Some put up nets around the fields,
and on them dead birds, dried by the wind.
Some put up scarecrows, cloth puppets with scary get-up,
and there were those who hung up garbage bags,
red, white, black and blue,
sputtering when the wind gets in,
fluttering like the United Nations’ Grand Assembly.
In the end, out of humanitarian reasons,
I went with the UN assembly approach.

Translated by MW in October 2021


Liang Feng
GENERALVERSAMMLUNG DER VEREINTEN NATIONEN

Ich hab am Fabriksgelände am Fluss
eine Zeitlang gewohnt, etwas angebaut.
Gegen ein paar diebische Vögel
hab ich geschaut, was sie im Dorf machen.
Manche spannen ein Netz um die Felder,
ab und zu hängen windgetrocknete tote Vögel drauf.
Manche stellen Vogelschrecken auf,
Stoffpuppen, schrecklich zurecht gemacht.
Andere hängen Müllsäcke hin,
rote, weisse, schwarze, blaue,
die knattern im Wind,
die flattern wie die Vereinten Nationen.
Am Ende hab ich humanistisch gedacht,
der Generalversammlung der Vereinten Nationen
den Vorzug gegeben.

Übersetzt von MW im Oktober 2021

《新诗典》小档案:梁锋,80后,企业务工人员。爱好写诗,满意之作不多。2021年初加入傲夫诗社,承蒙指教甚多。喜欢口语诗于直白中见真性情,想说便说,想写便写,十分惬意。

新世纪诗典11,NPC10月28日,3860首,1214人。凉风(浙江)日

伊沙:以口语为主的诗,一个关键性的修辞使用一一一个很普遍的比喻,起到了别开生面与深化主题的作用,所以口语诗,也不必"反修辞",你说话时不打比方吗?

况禹《新诗典》凉风《联合国大会》:借宏大来写日常细节,明快而幽默,很出效果,口语的修辞恰到好处,读着舒服。

黎雪梅读《新世纪诗典》之凉风《联合国大会》:为了对付偷吃的鸟,“我”想出了“挂死鸟”、“扎稻草人或挂布娃娃”以及“在地两边挂各色垃圾袋”的方法,可谓是煞费苦心。在风的作用下,“稀里哗啦,旗幡招展的/像极了联合国大会”,一句比喻便将生活中的凡人小事,瞬间拉高了逼格,也丰富了诗歌的内涵,主题得到了升华。诗的最后,面对此情此景,既然有了好的想法何不将计就计?于是“在地里头/我也搞了个/联合国大会”,这一本正经地样子实在是霸气侧漏,让人忍俊不禁的同时,无形中会被诗人无处不在的乐观主义者的情绪和气质,所深深感染与折服。

晏非跟读《新世纪诗典》| 2021.10.27人诗人凉风《联合国大会》
治理鸟儿偷吃菜,入乡随俗,是诗人面对现实作出的选择,与村里人无异,但在语言中不是这样,他必须以某种方式表明自己的看法,哪怕不能最终改变现实。在这首诗里是修辞让人刮目相看,“像极了联合同大会”,并由此自然伸展到“人道主义考虑”这个范畴,追求平等和相互尊重,实际是向村里人看齐,因为土方法能管用,自己也就在地里头挂上花花绿绿的垃圾袋,等于“我也搞了个/联合国大会”。这里面有讽刺吗?有荒唐吗?有挖苦吗?有狡黠的智慧吗?也许都有,也许都没有,全凭读者的人生阅历。就我本人而言,这种语言风格和叙事技巧还让人想起《格列佛游记》,让人读着舒服,平静中有凹凸感,极具感染力。

ALLGEMEINE ERKLÄRUNG DER MENSCHENRECHTE

7月 29, 2018

ALLGEMEINE ERKLÄRUNG DER MENSCHENRECHTE

(u.a. für den Österreichischen Bundespräsidenten Alexander van der Bellen)

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ALLGEMEINE ERKLÄRUNG DER MENSCHENRECHTE

alle menschen sind f
alle menschen sind ff
alle menschen sind fff
alle menschen sind fffr
alle menschen sind fffrr
alle menschen sind fffrrr

ei!!!

geboren

als vogel,

als wild.

alle haben dieselben würdenträger
und die gleichen rechten
von geburt an. nicht wahr?

alle sind mit vernunft begabt
und mit gewissen,
außer dem innenminister.

sie sollen einander begegnen
in brüderlichkeit. ach ja. 1948.
nach dem krieg
nach der shoah
auch zwei chinesen waren dabei.

muss man die menschenrechte erklären?
muss man oder frau die menschen erklären?
wahrscheinlich schon immer in jeder familie
in jedem dorf oder haushalt
jeder und jedem
an jedem sonn-und feiertag,
an jedem werktag.

1948
1984
2018
2081

und so weiter in alle ewigkeit amen.

MW Juli 2018

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

8月 17, 2012

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Aug. 25

Daniele Kowalsky showed me a very interesting interview with Jonathan Campbell in the L.A. Review of Books. Jonathan Campbell talks with Jeffrey Wasserstrom about 盤古 Pangu,崔健 Cui Jian,無聊軍隊 Wuliao Jundui and other details of rock music and punk in China.

Unfortunately, I can’t agree with Jonathan that yaogun 摇滚 (Chinese rock music) could galvanize China like Pussy Riot seems to have galvanized opposition in Russia. Cui Jian 崔建 did have some very memorable moments, and people in China do remember them, and they will tell you readily about the parts before 1989, mostly. But those moments in 1989 were so painful in the end that no one knows if there will ever be a similar broad-based protest movement again. 1989 brought hope in Europe. Risk, very risky change, and some very ugly violence in Romania. But overall there was hope, and whatever came out of it, 1989 is generally remembered as a year of wonder. In China it’s a trauma. A wound that is usually covered up, but even China is very much connected to the world nowadays, and the world knows. And there are much deeper and older traumata, which can be accessed and shared via 1989. So in that way, there is hope. Connected to underground music. Like the kind that Liao Yiwu’s 廖亦武 music comes from.

There are parallels, certainly. Parallels between Pussy Riot and Ai Weiwei 艾未未, in the pornography. Parallels in the way of some Ai Weiwei news or other embarrassing news everyone gets to know about, and the dark stuff below. The disappearances, the longer ones, see Gao Zhisheng 高智晟. And the corpses. I learned about the late attorney Sergei Magnitsky via Pussy Riot. He died in jail in 2009, and among people concerned with Russia he is as famous as Gao is in and outside China, which means not so many people want to talk about him or even admit they’ve heard of cases like that. Of course, there are corpses under the carpets in every country. Only China is the oldest 5000 year old one, of course.

Aug. 22

2 years for singing in church. Perfectly absurd. Punk music, controversial art. Public space and religion. Russia, Africa, China. What is art? Depends where you are, what you are, who you are, who is with you. What you believe.

One week ago I read two books. A few months before I got to know a poet. Still haven’t seen her. A Jewish poet in Germany, soon to be teaching in Vienna. Esther Dischereit.

Last month I finally got around to pick up a book that contains many poems I translated. Freedom of writing. Writers in prison. A beautiful anthology, edited by Helmuth Niederle, currently head of Austrian PEN.

Connections. Connected to China. Punk music isn’t all that subversive, not in a big way, usually. What if musicians insult the government on stage. Well, I’ve been to about 300 concerts in China, said Yan Jun. Sometimes someone was screaming something in that direction. But they aren’t big stars. They can be ignored.

Christa Wolf. Stadt der Engel. The Overcoat of Dr. Freud. Long and convoluted. Gems in there. How she was loyal to the Party in 1953. And insisted on protest against Party policy. How and what they hoped in 1989. How and what Germany was and is.

Aug. 21

2 years for singing in church. And many more arrested. It does sound more like China than Russia, doesn’t it? The case of Li Wangyang 李旺陽李汪洋) comes to mind. Li Wangyang died around June 4th 2012 in police care after being released from over 20 years of jail. He was a labor activist in the 1989 protests that ended with the massacre on June 4th in Beijing. Li Wangyang supposedly killed himself, but the police report was disputed in China and in Hong Kong, where tens of thousands of people protested. Li’s relatives and friends are still being persecuted. One has been formally arrested and accused of revealing state secrets, because he photographed Li’s body.

Parallels between Russia and China were drawn in media comments after the verdict in Moscow. One comment wondered whether Russia is trying to emulate China, where the word civil society is banned on the Internet. China has had economic success for decades. People put up with authoritarian one-party rule there, the comment said. But it won’t work in Russia, because the economy depends on natural resources, not on industry. The comment contained the old misunderstanding that in China, government policy and enforced stability have caused economic success. Beijing wants the world to think that, of course. However, the prominent law and economy professors Qin Hui 秦暉 and He Weifang 賀衛方 have been saying for years that the economic miracle of the 1980s depended on a consensus to move away from the Cultural Revolution, as well as on investment from Taiwan, Hong Kong and overseas. After 1989, there has been no comparable social consensus. After 1989, the social drawbacks and the gap between rich and poor may have grown faster than the economy. But the middle class has also grown. Regional protests are frequent but limited. Or the other way ’round. The Internet remains vibrant. With Weibo microblogs inside the Great Firewall, and very much Chinese going on outside. Not because the government initiates it. They let it happen. The economy, the art, the internet. Even protests, when they are against Japan, and/or not too big. And they profit. The oligarchy is the Party.

Religion and more or less independent art have been growing in China, about as much as the social conflicts. Art brings huge profits, so they let it happen. In Russia, Pussy Riot have succeeded in connecting independent art, oppositional politics and religion in a highly visible way. Art, political activism and religion are voluble factors, so much that societies where everyday news has been fixated on finance for at least four years now could almost grow jealous.

Pussy Riot were not mentioned in our church on Sunday, as far as I could tell. I had to look after the children. But the preacher drew on her experiences from jail work. She championed the rights of refugees and was a prominent anti-governmental figure in Austria in the 1990s. Direct relevance for religion in Austrian politics is rare. We had Catholic Austro-Fascism in the 1930s, paving the way for Hitler. Some Protestant Nazis as well. After the Holocaust, religion in Austria has a somewhat undead quality. A bit like traditional opera in China, which is rallying, hopefully.

For international discussion about the relevance of underground art, music and religion, China has Liao Yiwu 廖亦武. And Russia has Pussy Riot.

Photo by Vincent Yu/AP

Aug. 17

Worldwide empathy for Pussy Riot is great. The trial in Moscow ends today, so I don’t know yet if three women have to remain in jail for years after singing in a church. There was a lot of worldwide attention last year as Ai Weiwei 艾未未 was abducted and detained by Chinese state security. He was released and voted most influential artist worldwide. I have seen graffiti in support of Pussy Riot here in Vienna in the last few days. One at newly renovated Geology Institute. Not very nice. And there was some kind of happening at the Vienna Russian Orthodox church, I heard. Church authorities not amused. Well, hopefully worldwide support can help enough this time. Quite recently, many political prisoners in China have been sentenced to more than 10 years. There was a lot of attention abroad in one case. And a Nobel.

Austria is a nice place, generally. Sometimes it’s uglier than Germany. Generally uglier, in terms of police abusing, even killing people, always getting away with it. Have been reading Vienna Review and Poetry Salzburg Review in the last few days. News and poetry. Many of our friends here in Vienna are not from Austria. Coming from abroad often provides a clearer perspective.

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Aug. 14

Read two good books. Not in Chinese. Ok, in Chinese I’m reading poetry. And other books, not enough. Anyway. Cornelia Travnicek and Manfred Nowak. Both in German. Non-Fiction and Fiction. No connection. Like Liao Yiwu 廖亦武, Bei Ling 貝嶺 and that Berlin novel, what was it called? Plan D. Ok, there was a connection. Taipei Bookfair 台北國際書展. Ok or not, no connection. A novel. Punks in Austria. Young and female. Male protagonists dead or dying. Ok, not all of them. Anyway, good novel. Vienna, occupied, death, youth, love, society, 1980s, 1990s, 2000s. 2012 exhibition at Wien Museum. Empathy. And the other book? Torture. Human Rights, UN, Austria, torture in Austria (see this newspaper report, also in German), Moldavia, Equatorial-Guinea or how do you call that country, Uruguay and so on. Neglect. Conditions of/for empathy. Ok, so both books are about empathy. Good. And in German. Oh well, maybe some people who read this read German. Or they’ll get translated. The books, not you. Manfred Nowak’s books and other written sources are available in several other languages than German. You can get some very useful stuff in English for free here.


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