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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.

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For My Contemporaries

by J. V. Cunningham


How time reverses   
The proud in heart!   
I now make verses   
Who aimed at art.


But I sleep well.   
Ambitious boys
Whose big lines swell   
With spiritual noise,


Despise me not!
And be not queasy   
To praise somewhat:   
Verse is not easy.


But rage who will.
Time that procured me   
Good sense and skill   
Of madness cured me.

Note:  A recitation can be heard here.

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