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Mark Olival-Bartley studied applied linguistics at Hawaii Pacific University, attaining B.A. and M.A. degrees in TESOL, and poetry at the City College of New York. He is now anatomizing the prosody of E. A. Robinson’s sonnets for his dissertation at Amerika Institut of LMU Munich, where also he edits a poetry weekly. His poems and translations have appeared in journals on both sides of the Atlantic. He is the resident poet at EcoHealth, where his science-themed verse is regularly featured, and a senior copyeditor of Review of International American Studies.

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Dream Song 4


by John Berryman

Filling her compact & delicious body 
with chicken páprika, she glanced at me 
twice. 
Fainting with interest, I hungered back 
and only the fact of her husband & four other people 
kept me from springing on her 

or falling at her little feet and crying 
'You are the hottest one for years of night 
Henry's dazed eyes have enjoyed, Brilliance.' I advanced upon 
(despairing) my spumoni.--Sir Bones: is stuffed, 
de world, wif feeding girls. 

--Black hair, complexion Latin, jewelled eyes 
downcast . . . The slob beside her feasts . . . What wonders is 
she sitting on, over there? 
The restaurant buzzes. She might as well be on Mars. 
Where did it all go wrong? There ought to be a law against Henry. 
--Mr. Bones: there is. 

Note:  A recitation can be heard here.

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