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Mark Olival-Bartley studied applied linguistics at Hawaii Pacific University, attaining B.A. and M.A. degrees in Teaching English as a Second Language, and poetry at the City College of New York. He is now writing a dissertation on the sonnets of E. A. Robinson at LMU, where he tutors composition alongside editing flyers on poetry and style. 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 at Review of International American Studies. He also teaches at M√ľnchner Volkshochschule and leads the Amerikahaus Literaturkreis.

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It's Nice to See You


by Dean Kostos


It (lacks the wooden thud
of "d," can't sound like id,
the "t" more formal: a pair
of patent-leather shoes traipses glar-
ing linguistic halls, finite word.
Within those walls--not sad, not elated--
an inscrutable third
keeps pattering toward some unstated
destination, an impersonal voice
never heard, only the plosive noise
of tongue-tip to teeth, naming the pro-
noun arriving in the antechamber of no
antecedent where it)
isn't.


Note:  A recitation can be heard here.

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