Posts Tagged ‘walls’

9/11, 20 years on

9月 12, 2021

20

9/11 is like 1989.
People will remember.
20, 30, a hundred years after.
One such year is more than enough
in a lifetime, if you were there
among the carnage
or when the wall came down,
or was opened​, at first.
I was on a beach in 1989,
in the winter.
Weeks on a beach,
and Romania burned,
after Czechoslovakia didn’t,
and so on and so on.
A beach in Thailand, sunset beach.
Sunrise is on the other side
of the peninsula.
There is a mountain in between,
and there was one water buffalo left,
as far as I remember.
Krabi, Krabi! crie the boatsmen,
we didn’t go back to Krabi, the nearest town,
for quite a while.
Newspapers were from days ago, a week ago.
It was a marvelous year.
In 1989, I was in Taiwan, and in between, in the US and in Thailand.
In 2001, I was in Beijing.
Jackie worked in the Austrian embassy.
I was teaching and translating.
We saw it on TV, not right away,
as far as I remember.
We talked to friends and relatives
on the phone.
It was two years after 1999,
when Belgrade was bombarded.
They bombed the Chinese embassy,
it’s still not clear why.
I was in China then too,
in Chongqing.
I cried when I saw the towns over there on TV,
it looked too much like home.
They did to Belgrade what the Serbian side
had done to Sarajewo, and other cities,
and there was the massacre of Srebrenica
and so on and so on.
Yugoslavia is the place in Europa
that had no walls coming down in 1989,
rather some going up, more and more.
In 2012 we did a magazine issue here in Vienna,
Headfirst through the Great Wall of China,
or something like that.
It was crazy.
We had Yan Jun for reciting poetry and drama,
and we had Hui Ye, a very versatile local artist, mostly based in Austria.
Yan Jun is a famous poet and experimental musician from Lanzhou,
lives mostly in Beijing, very much on the fringe.
So we were doing a small local magazine,
but we were so excited, we told all the world!
I did, mostly. It was really great.
We had Yugoslavia, mainland China, Taiwan
and a Turkish German author wrote
the Great Wall was a sleeping dragon
that woke up once in a few centuries
and people came to grief.
And the magazine editor wanted to kill that,
thought it was disrespectful.
I don’t think he knew anyone from China.
How is this about 9/11?
9/11 was like 1989, in a way.
Everyone knows what happened in 1989,
or everyone doesn’t,
depends where you are.
There are still thousands of people
who died in New York on that day,
but there are no remnants.
They are still searching for traces.

MW September 2021

 

 

 

STEINLÖWEN – 莫高 Mo Gao

5月 17, 2021

Mo Gao
STEINLÖWEN

Unsere Nachbarn renovieren,
die Hofmauer und das Tor werden wie in Europa.
Das Steinlöwenpaar, die sind überflüssig,
sie liegen beim Kieshaufen gegenüber.
Wenn es regnet, sieht man verweinte Gesichter.
Meine Frau sagt, wir sollten mit den Herrchen verhandeln,
die Steinlöwen könnten vor unserer Tür stehen.
Ich sag, das geht nicht,
die Steinlöwen sind schon lange bei denen,
die haben eine Seele.

2021-04-16
Übersetzt von MW im Mai 2021

新世纪诗典作品联展#莫高#(4.0)

伊沙:记得游若昕也写过石狮子,那石狮子是死的、冰冷的,莫高的这只石狮子是活的、会流泪的、有灵性的一一前者是鲁迅"吃人派",占大多数的正确认识,所以后者就是祛蔽,就是别开生面,就是5月下半月亚军。我年轻时不是一个彻底的"吃人派",我中年以后也不是一个完全的"复古派",我永远关心的是思维不能僵化、诗维拒绝正确。前些日子,华少"代孕诗"所引起的种种争议,我的心迹也无非如此。

况禹点评《新诗典》莫高《石狮子》:好题材!国人爱在门前立物辟邪,狮子是最常见的一种。不过姿态神情却是随着匠人们的趣味各异,记得有好几次在幼儿园之类的门前看到小狮子咧着嘴,分明像那些哭闹着不想上幼儿园的娃娃。莫高这首涉及到了时代的审美风尚改变,一部分石狮子也开始步入“退役”时段。读了让人感慨。

Calligraphy by Huang Kaibing

Calligraphy by Huang Kaibing

黎雪梅读《新世纪诗典》之莫高《石狮子》:我国人民自古以来就认为石狮子是风水上的瑞兽,摆放在大门口不仅可以化解很多房屋格局造成的形煞,还能够增强建筑物的阳气,因为狮子生性凶猛,所以才会有镇邪护宅的作用。这样的传统一直延续到现在,才有了本诗中命运多舛的那对石狮子,只是因为主人装修风格的变化,在欧式风格面前,石狮子显得有些不伦不类,于是便沦落到“被丢到对面的一堆砂石旁”的下场,可谁知大至一世界,小至一微粒,万物都是有灵性的,这对狮子当然也被认为“是有灵性的”,可正是因为“石狮子跟着主人久了/是有灵性的”,才使得它们的命运注定不会被改变。所以今后的日子里每当下雨,石狮子依然会“泪流满面”,读到此处不由令人心酸:石犹如此,人何以堪?妻子的感性与善良,我的理智与坚决,形象鲜明生动,寥寥数语便呼之欲出。

Calligraphy by Huang Kaibing

Calligraphy by Huang Kaibing

马金山|读莫高的诗《石狮子》的十一条:
1、言外之意,即为诗;
2、事物的错位,甚至是移位,构成的弹性,皆为诗性,或者诗意;
3、莫高,本名肖棱,1972年生,新世纪诗典典人,中国诗歌学会会员;
4、去年北京磨铁诗歌活动中,见到过作者一面,其诗与其人一样,具有同质的感觉,里面都潜藏着一个字:“活”,或许,这就是生命力;
5、本诗的好,除了其中极为丰富的合义,和画面的清晰与真实感外,还有故事情节的新鲜感和生命活力,不仅轮廓分明,而且线条自然流畅;
6、正如诗中所写的那样,石狮子被作者写活了,带有生命的质感、事物的触碰和时光的纹理性,语言通俗而紧实,并暗含某种深意;
7、诗中石狮子的命运,虽然写的是物的,但在物的背后,揭露的是人的信仰和传统观念的影响力,特别是中西文化的碰撞,挖掘出更深一层的思想性;
8、不难看出,诗中描写的是旧题材,而思想给予了它“新”的东西,且既有深刻的认识,还有对生命更深层面的感受,不可谓不绝妙而精彩;
9、特别是结尾的观念情节,充斥着人性的光辉形象,溢满生活的智慧,灵动、鲜活而明澈,冒出诗意的光芒;
10、本诗给予诗人的启示:“诗维的奇异和鲜活,构成了诗的层次与境界”;
11、生命之诗,情景之诗,画面之诗。

Calligraphy by Huang Kaibing

Calligraphy by Huang Kaibing

 

黄平子读莫高《石狮子》

 

 

 

 

 

 

DAMALS AN DER PEKING-UNIVERSITÄT – 礼兰 Li Lan

4月 12, 2021

Li Lan
DAMALS AN DER PEKING-UNIVERSITÄT

2015 in den Sommerferien
wollten wir mit den Kindern
die Uni Peking und die Uni Tsinghua besichtigen.
Ich und meine Freundin, beide mit Kind
kommen aus Jiangxi im Süden nach Peking.
Das Hotel ist leider ein bisschen weit weg,
bis wir dort sind, ist es schon zu Mittag.
Vor dem großen Tor der Peking-Uni
steht eine sehr lange Schlange.
Am Nachmittag wollen wir noch zur Tsinghua!
Wir gehen auf und ab links und rechts vom Tor,
bemerken nach einiger Mühe
an der Mauer unten gibt es ein Loch!
Wie ein Hundeeingang!
Wir zwängen uns mit den Kindern hinein
und haben großes Glück
dass uns die Wächter grad nicht erwischen.

2021-03-25
Übersetzt von MW im April 2021

Li Lan, eigtl. Li Guilan, kommt aus Wanzai, Provinz Jiangxi. Mittelschulprofessorin, liest gerne. Begann Angang 2021 Gedichte in Alltagssprache zu schreiben. 《新诗典》小档案:礼兰,真实姓名李桂兰,江西万载人,中学教师,喜欢阅读,2021年年初开始爱上口语诗,希望成为文字的朋友。

伊沙:备战《李白》长知识:可怜天下父母心一一不是慈禧太后写的,还是唐人写,前者抄的。但凡一语道破不拐弯的佳句,几乎都出自唐人之手,大唐国风民风使然。从本诗也可以看出:今人超过古人的地方,就是发微词不见得情况很严重,不影响孩子日后考上清华北大。

Calligraphy by Huang Kaibing

Calligraphy by Huang Kaibing

黎雪梅读《新世纪诗典》之礼兰《那一年,我们去北大》:中国孩子的父母是最望子成龙、望女成凤的,因而他们对子女的期望值也是最大的。无论是出于感受北大清华的历史、精神也好,还是感受北大清华的学习氛围、激励孩子刻苦学习的目的也罢,带孩子不远千里去参观一些名校就成了很多家长的不二选择,本诗中的“我”和“朋友”便是这样的家长,为了带孩子达成参观北大清华的目标,冒着“险些被值班保安抓住”的危险,即使钻“狗洞”也在所不惜,这么做家长也是做到极致了。让人笑过之后会品出淡淡的苦涩,相信人多家长都能从中找到自己的影子,会生出“同病相怜的情愫。

Calligraphy by Huang Kaibing

Calligraphy by Huang Kaibing

 

 

LEBEN – 沙凯哥 Sha Kaige

3月 8, 2021

Sha Kaige
LEBEN

Die Männer, die ich geliebt hab, die haben alle etwas Schwermütiges.
Sogar der einmal Vorstand war von der Lyrik-Gesellschaft,
hat es nicht gern gehabt, wenn ich zuviel Zeit verbraucht hab beim Schreiben.
Die Frauen, die ich geliebt hab, sind unauffällig, schwimmen im Strom.
Was ich schreibe, ist weit weg von dem, was sie als Gedichte erkennen.
Wenn ihnen der Mund offen steht,
ist Schweigen das höchste Lob.
Liebe und Poesie sind natürlich zwei schöne Dinge.
In Wirklichkeit waren sie nie ganz beisammen.

Januar 2021
Übersetzt von MW im März 2021

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OYSTER SHELL WALLS – 能水 Neng Shui

7月 29, 2020


Neng Shui
OYSTER SHELL WALLS

At the water you live off the water
Ancestors who kept oysters
used oyster shells
to build wondrous walls.

I saw an intro,
you mix in clay, cane sugar, sticky rice and so on
ordinary people
could not afford that.
The walls that still stand now
are ancestral halls of a clan or some official.

Records state,
for one ancestral hall you need ten tons of shells.
Dazed and surprised
I looked to the village across from the halls.
A hundred-year-old white-haired lady
came tottering out,
like an oyster ghost who somehow survived.

Translaed by MW, July 2020

RAVENNA

1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

9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

3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

11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

1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

10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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