JAN BÖHMERMANN THE GREAT
April 19, 2016
Wederic Eubals (an anagrammatic heteronym of Bruce Wise): “It’s very rare that a poem gets involved in international news, but last week one did, stirring the world by testing freedom of speech. I began by paraphrasing the poem, before writing about its author:
Ballsgoofy, cowardly and pressed is Erdoğan the Prez.
His balls stink pickled lamb kebab, a farting pig in fez.
He is the guy that whips the gals in rubber mask—the tease—
and likes to screw a goat while he restrains minorities.
It continues like that. Actually translating the German couplets is nigh-high impossible, because there are so many German innuendos. Generally the poem is vulgar in a teenage sort of way and not worth paying attention to (performing fellatio with 100 sheep, wrinkly testicles, etc.), because it’s just a joke. In one sense, the poem is mild because it really doesn’t take Erdoğan to task for the horrible things he actually has done.”