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Zang Di

MUSHROOM SERIES

Pessimists rarely fall in love with mushrooms,
or like you, stay truthful to the physical sensations.
Common sense tells you that unless you betray the Nihilism
you wouldn’t be interested in the spirit of mushrooms –
they roll and tumble better than bodies.

They rock ‘n roll in the pan and wheel into your mouth,
tender and fresh, least afraid of being exploited.
Any truth that optimists can think of, they present it
in a shape. Anything you want to conceal,
they perform the profoundest pardon.

They have smelt the taste of little chickens.
They love garlics when they sign a contract with broccolis.
They open their parachutes and fall, till landing in you
and becoming small nutritious gods.
The difference between disappearance and digestion

may not be as big as you thought. Before disappearing,
one of them from inside you will hand out a new recipe
asking you to be more patient next time in tasting
what mushrooms imply. There has never been anything
closer to what the universe implies than mushrooms.

PADDENSTOELEN, SERIE

Pessimisten worden niet vaak verliefd op paddenstoelen,
of zoals jij, zijn ze trouw aan de gevoelens die een paddenstoel hun geeft.
Gezond verstand zegt je dat iemand die het niets niet heeft verraden
geen interesse zal hebben in het begrijpen van de essentie van de paddenstoel  –
paddenstoelen rollen beter dan lichamen.

Ze rollen in een koekenpan, rollen de afgrond van jouw keelgat in.
Zacht en glad, delicaat, een beetje bang ook dat je
alles van ze weg zult nemen. Alle waarheden die optimisten zich kunnen herinneren,
zullen zij vorm geven. Alle dingen die jij zou willen verbergen,
kunnen zij het grondigste begrip betonen.

Zij hebben de geur van kuikenvlees geroken.
Ze houden van een getekend contract met knoflook en broccoli.
De paraplu’s die ze ophouden vallen, vallen, tot ze in jouw hart
veranderen in kleine voedingsrijke goden.
Het verschil tussen verdwijnen en verteren is misschien

niet zo groot als je wel dacht. Alvorens te verdwijnen
geeft eentje onder hen van binnen een nieuw recept,
vraagt je of je de volgende keer wat geduldiger kunt kauwen
op wat paddenstoelen laten doorschemeren. Nooit eerder
was het doorgeschemerd dat zij veel dichter bij het universum staan.

蘑菇丛书

悲观主义者很少会爱上蘑菇,
或像你那样,忠实于蘑菇带给身体的感觉。
常识告诉你,没背叛过虚无的人
不会有兴趣了解蘑菇的精神——
它们的翻滚,甚至比肉体做得还好。

它们翻滚在平底锅里,翻滚在你的喉舌深处。
柔滑,鲜嫩,丝毫也惧怕你
会夺走它们的一切。凡乐观主义者能想到的真理,
它们都会给出一种形状。凡你想隐瞒的事,
它们都能给予最深切的谅解。

它们闻到了小鸡肉的味道。
它们喜爱大蒜和西兰花签下的合同。
它们撑开的伞降落着,降落着,直到在你心里
变成了一个营养丰富的小神。
消失和消化的区别也许

没有你想得那么大。在消失之前,
它们中的一个从里面递出一份新菜谱,
请求下一次你能更耐心地咀嚼
蘑菇身上的暗示。还从未过一种暗示
比它们更接近宇宙的暗示。
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MUSHROOM SERIES

Pessimists rarely fall in love with mushrooms,
or like you, stay truthful to the physical sensations.
Common sense tells you that unless you betray the Nihilism
you wouldn’t be interested in the spirit of mushrooms –
they roll and tumble better than bodies.

They rock ‘n roll in the pan and wheel into your mouth,
tender and fresh, least afraid of being exploited.
Any truth that optimists can think of, they present it
in a shape. Anything you want to conceal,
they perform the profoundest pardon.

They have smelt the taste of little chickens.
They love garlics when they sign a contract with broccolis.
They open their parachutes and fall, till landing in you
and becoming small nutritious gods.
The difference between disappearance and digestion

may not be as big as you thought. Before disappearing,
one of them from inside you will hand out a new recipe
asking you to be more patient next time in tasting
what mushrooms imply. There has never been anything
closer to what the universe implies than mushrooms.

MUSHROOM SERIES

Pessimists rarely fall in love with mushrooms,
or like you, stay truthful to the physical sensations.
Common sense tells you that unless you betray the Nihilism
you wouldn’t be interested in the spirit of mushrooms –
they roll and tumble better than bodies.

They rock ‘n roll in the pan and wheel into your mouth,
tender and fresh, least afraid of being exploited.
Any truth that optimists can think of, they present it
in a shape. Anything you want to conceal,
they perform the profoundest pardon.

They have smelt the taste of little chickens.
They love garlics when they sign a contract with broccolis.
They open their parachutes and fall, till landing in you
and becoming small nutritious gods.
The difference between disappearance and digestion

may not be as big as you thought. Before disappearing,
one of them from inside you will hand out a new recipe
asking you to be more patient next time in tasting
what mushrooms imply. There has never been anything
closer to what the universe implies than mushrooms.
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Literature Translation Institute of Korea
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