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As the resident poet at EcoHealth, my verse finds inspiration these days in the specter of future pandemics. For my dissertation at LMU's Amerika-Institut, I'm anatomizing the poetics (especially the prosody) of E. A. Robinson's sonnets. I also teach at M√ľnchner Volkshochschule and lead the Amerikahaus Literary Circle.


On Shakespeare's Sonnets

Such poetry, of course, is not enough
to wholly rend one's hurt and heal one's heart--
that said, its notes of grace might bless the rough
and ready dance as souls enamored start.

Mark Olival-Bartley

Note:  A recitation can be heard here.

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