Monday, November 30, 2009

Blogging

It has been obvious to some of you there were no new blog posts. Not for lack of subjects or inspiration. On the contrary, so many actions, subjects, writers in prison came up it stopped the flow. The fight against drones, spearheaded by one of my friends, is just one of them and the war in Afghanistan is the biggest mistake yet by the new team in the White House. Yet since I believe art can change the world and since literature is a strong instrument and since translations bridge the differences in culture and can bring understanding the content of the future blogs my change a bit. The concept isn't definite yet but crystallizing slowly. The gentle wind wins says a German proverb. Art against killing (wars and the death penalty, domestic violence...)

A poem by Fred Schywek in English translation:

Jeez us

Thou shalt not kill
Thou
Thou
Thou
Thou
Thou
Thou
Thou
Thou
Thou

4 comments:

  1. If Fred was serious about stopping killing, a few more 'Thou's' would help.

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  2. It probably reads better in the original Schywekian...though that must have been a challenging translation assignment.

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  3. I took a crack at translating it, and came up with:

    Thou shalt not Kill
    Thou Kill
    Thou Kill
    Thou Kill
    Thou Kill
    Thou Kill
    Thou Kill
    Thou Kill
    Thou Kill
    THOU KILL

    (Using the Classic Schywekian text)

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  4. Good peom. The last nine lines all rhyme, too.

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