Posts Tagged ‘Xiang Lianzi’

CANNOT SPEAK HIS NAME – 湘蓮子

七月 20, 2017

Xiang Lianzi
CANNOT SPEAK HIS NAME

something like expressive aphasia
we all have a problem with naming names

cannot say the time
we can only stutter
beat around the bush
a clock
turning hands

cannot say cause and effect
just hold it back
say retribution

cannot say the place
just say it was crawling with people
and mysterious creatures
with a dead body

cannot say the sea
only
salute

all of july
all the world saluting to him
we cannot say his name

7/20/17
Translated by MW, 7/20/17

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BETEN – 湘莲子

五月 16, 2017

Xiang Lianzi
BETEN
im spital hab ichs oft gehört
mehr als in der kirche
und frommeres
beten
ich fühl mich wirklich
als schwester

2017-05-06
Übersetzt von MW im Mai 2017

GOLD ON A BUDDHA – 湘莲子

二月 20, 2016

Xiang Lianzi

Xiang Lianzi
HOW TO STICK GOLD ON A BUDDHA IN THAILAND

Dodging the rain to get into the temple,
an attendant hands me a small piece of
gold foil.
I think this is like in the shopping centres;
they hand you a discount sticker at the entrance,
so I stick the gold foil next to my heart.

“You cannot stick gold on yourself!”

I am reminded,
you have to stick gold on the Buddha.
Wherever something is wrong,
where you don’t feel well,
you put the gold on that part of the Buddha,
and pray for protection.

So I take the foil from my chest
to rub it on him at the same spot.

1/24/16
Tr. MW, Feb. 2016

Xiang Lianzi stick gold foil on buddha

MOM DRYING PEANUTS – 湘莲子

六月 18, 2015

peanuts

Xiang Lianzi 湘莲子
MOM DRYING PEANUTS

in junior high
I went to her place
her mom drying peanuts out in the sun
turning them over
telling us
don’t eat the peanuts
they’re for your big brother’s wedding
she graduated from college
her mom was still drying peanuts
she married
her mom drying peanuts
for her big brother’s wedding
now her own son is already married
her mom is still drying peanuts

May 2015

Tr. MW, June 2015

MARRIAGE VOWS: 湘莲子 Xiang Lianzi

三月 21, 2014

Xiang Lianzi Marriage Vows

Xiang Lianzi

MARRIAGE VOWS

I was your bridesmaid

you were my matchmaker

you said you

would rather die

before becoming

a former wife

and you told me

taking the heat

should not result in

being cooked into

a former wife

I took the heat

I’ve long become

a former wife

you died long ago

also becoming

a former wife

Tr. MW, March 2014

MORE POEMS BY XIANG LIANZI: here AND here.

Xiang Lianzi

EHEGELÜBDE

du warst meine brautjungfer

ich war deine heiratsvermittlerin

du sagst du

willst lieber sterben

auf keinen fall werden

eine frühere frau

du schärfst mir ein

auch wenn ich durchhalte

darf ich nie werden

eine frühere frau

ich hielt es durch

und bin doch schon lange

eine frühere frau

du bist früh gestorben

du wurdest bald

eine frühere frau

Übersetzt von MW im März 2014

FIRST STORY: 湘莲子 XIANG LIANZI

十月 14, 2013

Xiang Lianzi Eine Geschichte

Xiang Lianzi

FIRST STORY

“In danger the sea cucumber will split itself

one half it gives the world to devour,

the other half escapes.” – from W. Szymborska, Autotomy.

I said let’s not talk poetry at the lunar new year let us tell stories

like a bricklayer half of his head bashed in by half of a steel pipe

like he and his sick room friends

arguing anything, twitching like sleepwalking

he says 3+2=1

like three fingers plus two equals one hand

two hands together equals one pair

like what a rat hates most is rat poison

whoever loves eating rat poison most must be a rat

like I said they were arguing anything

from mathematics into philosophy

from singular into plural

from fingers into a skull bashed in

into rats, poison, leaks or balloons

like 11+11=22, 22-2=2 and so on

he said not that leaks cannot be fixed

just like rat poison will always be digested by rats

just like rats knocked a hole in his skull

his skull has a leak, like a balloon

a leaking balloon is very hard to blow up

just like his half-bashed in skull pops in and out with a yawn

he said in the box with the rat poison there is no rat

rat poison is very bad for rats

just like reading is very bad for your head

just like rats eating his brain slipping into his head

when he said he had a headache, I had a headache

like he wanted me to put rat poison into his brain

like he said: “I’ll soon be an idiot

when they have finished my brain

my boss will dump me, my girlfriend dumps me”

like he is all desperate

crying his heart out like a wolf

howling just like a cat who cannot catch rats

like one hundred rats cannot overcome one single cat

he said: no-one can figure it out, nobody can fix this leak

except me, I have a method, I take a bit of cement, very good quality

mix it with alcohol, ts ts. believe me I have the technique.

he pointed at his broken temporal bone like pointing at some leak on a roof

like a leak on a roof he was fixing

Tr. MW, Oct. 2013

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GROUND FOR DIVORCE – 湘莲子

十月 5, 2013

Xiang Lianzi Scheidungsgrund
Xiang Lianzi

GROUND FOR DIVORCE

she is too much like her

oh, your lover

my enemy

1979

in vietnam

you shot her

she shot at me suddenly from

behind a cow

you killed her

she killed my comrade

so you shot her

I shot her cow

she died

her cow died

you found her

I found her cowhide

you had a cow

I bought her cowhide

you’re having me on

no

her cowhide hangs in my hut

she looks just like her

sometimes

I really think they

might be sisters

just like your enemy

just like a dream

2013-03-23

Tr. MW Oct. 2013

Xiang Lianzi

SCHEIDUNGSGRUND

sie gleicht ihr zu sehr

oh, deine geliebte

meine feindin

1979

in vietnam

hast du geschossen

sie schoss plötzlich versteckt

hinter einer kuh

du hast sie erschossen

sie hat meinen kameraden erschossen

und du hast sie erschossen

ich erschoss ihre kuh

sie starb

ihre kuh starb

du fandest sie

ich fand ihr kuhleder

du hast gekauft

ich kaufte ihre kuhhaut

du prahlst wie vom rinderblasen

nein

kuhhaut hängt in meiner kate

sie gleicht ihr sehr

manchmal

glaub ich sie seien

schwestern

genau wie die feindin

genau wie im traum

2013-03-23

Übersetzt von MW im Frühling 2013


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