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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 Münchner Volkshochschule and leads the Amerikahaus Literaturkreis.



by Richard Lincke

Swift footed time, looke back and here mark well,

  those rare-shapt parts my pen shall now declare;
  my mistres snow-white skinne doth much excell
  the pure-soft woll arcadyan sheep doe beare ;
Her hayre exceedes gold forc'd in smallest wire,
  in smaller threds then those Arachne spun ;
  her eyes are christall fountains, yet dart fire
  more glorious to behold then Mid-day sun ;
Her Iuory front (though soft as purest silke)
  lookes like the table of Olympick Iove,
  her cheekes are like ripe cherries layd in milke,
  her alabaster neck the throne of Loue ;
Her other parts so farre excell the rest,
That wanting words, they cannot be exprest.

Note:  A recitation can be heard here.

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