Two Poems, Two Translations: “Jarry Meander”, “Tasty Recollections” , Untitled, “something uneasy (etwas ungutes)”

Jarry Meander

Geometry : this is the science

 

The spiral is made by the blank space surrounding

So too with any shapely absence

I do not write, only the page surrounds

 

Linguistics : this is the science

 

between these lines every other word exists

gutterwords

alleyspeak

the thieve’s can’t talk of

what’s under the floorboards

 

Imagine : this is the science

 

events are exceptions

 

I write

once

that is an exceptional event

 

I write again

once

that it is an exceptional event

 

A ‘proposition : p’aesthetics

The art of exceptions

this is the science


 

Tasty Recollections

Eadem Mutata Resurgo

Ich stehe aus gleiche obwohl geändert

I arise the same, though changed

Changed and the same,

Sham, shame, schagame, champagne?

Eadem stehe aus arise

to you all are arise

Non Eadem

 

Nicht stehe aus

No I in the latin, no you

Just same like a tumor is the same

it grows, it makes same upon same

implications are lost by my mouth’s cancer

swallowing your words to digest them

All I know is an aftertaste gone up in smoke

perhaps richer than before, delicious memory


(A translation of an untitled poem by H.C. Artmann)

a louse

in the wristwatch house…

gadzooks!

a louse

beneath

the teeth

of time…

when the

wheels

first feel

the itching –

then

it is lost…


something uneasy (A translation of H.C. Artmann’s “etwas ungutes”)

have you not marked?

the knife there

on its own

all by itself

stirred…

from cellar to roof

no man, nor cat

nor mouse is housed

and that confounded knife

has gone and stirred

itself…

 

there is something wrong!

there is something between us!

there is something uneasy

between you and me…

a knife can not be like that

not so alone

stirring completely by itself

i have shivers

in my blood

she asks all the time:

 

have you not marked…?

have you not seen it…??

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