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RAVENNA

一月 6, 2020

RAVENNA

All sorts of bands
and flowers and strands
and lines and motifs
lie intertwined
beneath the old church
of Santa Eufemia.
Take a close look,
they are dancing,
the lines and so on.
A big Roman house
with courtyards and tiles
all over the floors.
A dance of the seasons.
They say Summer is missing,
or maybe it’s Spring,
holding Winter’s hand,
like Autumn does
on the other side.
Winter is wrapped in blue,
around the head too.
Crooked lines come out
above the head.
Is it a fool?
They say it’s grass,
maybe reeds.
And there is a shepherd,
the second big mosaic,
also with a pan-flute.
Two storeys above
is the old city.
This city below was the western capital
of the Byzantine empire
among other things.
Then there is Dante,
buried in a mound
overgrown with green leaves
all-year round
in 1944 and 1945,
German hell-hounds were loose.
Maybe one year
his bones were in there,
the shape of the mound
reminded me of an old poetess
in China in Xi’an, formerly Chang’an,
the old capital.
Cai Wenji was her name.
Her mound is much bigger,
and very well kept,
much in contrast to all the graves
of famous male poets.
She was politically very important.
Back in Ravenna
in winter
wrapped against the cold
we move on
to our next monument.

MW December 30, 2019

NEON

Neon reigned in 452.
No, this was the year
they built the mosaics
the wonderful dome
under bishop Neon.
It’s the Orthodox baptistery.
Much more elaborate
than the Arian one
across the old city.
Each apostle is named.
Most have a beard.
Simon looks like a woman.
The Arian dome
has only one throne
and here there are four,
they are all empty too
but there are also four books
in between, the four gospels.
Blessed are those whose iniquities
and sins are remitted,
says one inscription.

MW December 30, 2019

IVORY THRONE

The ivory throne
was for Bishop Maximian,
550 or something.
Joseph and his brothers.
Jesus feeds 5000 people.
The annunciation,
the water test
for Mary’s virginity.
What was that exactly?
Carved panels in different sizes
all around the back and on the sides.
Blank parts in between,
maybe panels are missing.
Ebony covered with ivory.
Somewhere in the museum
with Saint Andrew’s chapel,
wonderful mosaics.
Then in the afternoon
Saint Apollinaire in Classe.
Classe was the harbour
of the Roman fleet
and the main port
until the ninth century.
The church is huge,
and there were more,
there is a museum
in the sugar factory,
closed in 1982.
The sea isn’t far.

MW December 30, 2019

SAN VITALE IN RAVENNA

You know right away
you are in a place of worship.
In this way it’s like the Alhambra.
At least I hope the Alhambra retains it,
haven’t been there for 38 years.
A sense of awe
and exultation,
no matter how many people,
how many tourists.
Very big, very grand, spacious.
Filigree columns, needlework stone.
Very very high, many arches.
Mosaics.
Some of the best ones
in this splendid city.
A sacred place.
Stay.
The whole city is sacred.
Drink,
try to retain
some of this beauty.

MW December 31st, 2019

 

 

 

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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AN DEN JUNGEN VATER UND AN DIE DINGE – 唐果

三月 7, 2017

Tang Guo
AN DEN JUNGEN VATER UND AN DIE DINGE

mein liebes kind
verglichen mit dir und mit ihnen
bin ich sehr alt
obwohl ich dich im traum
gerufen hab: junger vater

im zimmer bist du 19 jahre
die wände sind 10
das sofa ist 2
die decke ist 18
der raumpfleger 8
der gecko ein halbes jahr
kakerlake zwei monate

von den gräsern blumen und bäumen draußen
sind am jüngsten die knospen
das sind die blumen im mutterbauch
die ersten blätter drei monate
sternfruchtbaum sieben jahre
nur du blendende sonne
du altes gestirn
bist genau wie mein sohn
du kraftstrotzender bursch

April 2016
Übersetzt von MW im März 2017

NANJING MASSACRE – 朱剑

十一月 9, 2015

Zhu Jian Nanjing

Zhu Jian
NANJING MASSACRE

On the walls,
densely written all over,
thousands and thousands.
The names of the dead.

I took one look,
just one look.
Then I had to get out.
Could not turn my head.

I had seen
the name of a friend.
Of course I knew,
it was only the name.

I was almost sure:
Just one more look
I would have seen
my name on the wall.

2010
Tr. MW, 2015

Zhu Jian
NANJING MASSAKER

an den wänden
dicht an dicht
tausende namen
der ermordeten

ich sah einmal hin
warf nur einen blick
dann musste ich raus
ohne den kopf zu wenden

ich hatte einen namen gesehen
den namen eines freundes
natürlich wusste ich
es war nur der name

ich war fast sicher
mit dem nächsten blick
hätte ich meinen
namen gesehen

2010
Übersetzt von MW am 31. Dez. 2013

《南京大屠杀》

墙上
密密麻麻写满
成千上万
死难者的名字

我看见了一眼
只看了一眼
就决定离开
头也不回的离开

因为我看到了
一位朋友的名字
当然我知道
只是重名

几乎可以确定
只要再看第二眼
我就会看见
自己的名字

2010

想象 IMAGINE

一月 23, 2014

IMAGINE
you might as well give up the ghost
of a chance for change in this land
change has been very fast in this land for a while
you won’t recognize a road or a house
or a street is gone that you knew very well
a decade ago or maybe a week.
sometimes the wind clears up the smog
and you can see the sky, or even the hills
and the ranges farther afield with the walls.
there are no wars. this land is peaceful.
the army is the largest by far. there are no tanks.
a tank was burnt and some soldiers were killed.
imagine there’s no heavenly peace
and no rulers above us.
there is only sky and a kite and the doves.
it’s easy if you try.
imagine all the people …
MW January 2014

《想象》

你不妨放弃在这片土地上
寻机改变什么的梦魇
在这片土地上,变化如此之快
你会不辨旧路或老屋
或一条你所熟悉的街道已经消失
十年前,或许是一周前。
偶尔,清风吹散了雾霾
你能够看见蓝天,甚至山峦
以及更加辽远的长城。
并无战争。这片土地宁静和平。
军队是最庞大的怪物。没有坦克。
坦克被烧毁,士兵被杀戮。
想象没有天安……
没有统治者骑在我们头上。
只有天空、风筝和鸽子。
这很容易,你不妨试试。
想像众生……

2014.1
(伊沙 译)

Moroccan Fountain

十月 3, 2012

Moroccan Fountain, Vienna
Marokkanergasse, Vienna

the sun is streaming
against the mosaic.
the fountain’s broken,
turned off.
the people are busy, most of them.
it’s 9 am.
shopping, smoking.
high heels. maybe productive.
in jackets and scarves.
it’s chilly compared with a few days ago.
for a moment, the sun.
the warm morning sun.

MW August 2012

From August 28. 周二,8月28日。 The sun was on the door at eight or nine. In the afternoon it’s around the corner. The door to the street is over 100 years old, like the house. Military officer’s quarters, originally. Our apartment is downstairs, ground floor. Still expensive, inner city. The picture is from May. The pictures below are from Beijing. Click on them and get to a song of healthy food.


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