- Mark Olival-Bartley
- As the resident poet at EcoHealth, my verse finds inspiration these days in the spectre of global pandemics. At LMU Munich's Amerika-Institut, where I tutor composition and poetics, I'm anatomizing the sonnets of E. A. Robinson for my dissertation. I also teach at Münchner Volkshochschule and Amerikahaus.
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)
Note: A recitation can be heard here.