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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.


11 May 2013

Though spring, the steel-grey skies of Schwabing weep
with us now gathered here to say farewell:
Forgive our grieving and the tears that sweep
within us, wave-like, as a torrent's swell

of memories--how just your soul would share
unfettered joy and kindness with us all;
how genuine your honest love was fair;
and how, in us, you only goodness saw--

are met with mourning, Jesse, for we've lost
you to eternity and let you go
amid our songs and psalms and hearts now crossed.
Your light has left ours heartened and aglow.

Mark Olival-Bartley

Note:  A recitation can be heard here.

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