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Mark Olival-Bartley studied applied linguistics at Hawaii Pacific University, attaining B.A. and M.A. degrees in TESOL. He is now writing a dissertation on the sonnets of E. A. Robinson at LMU München, where he tutors composition alongside editing flyers on poetry and style. He teaches English at Münchner Volkshochschule and leads the Amerikahaus Literaturkreis. He is also the resident poet at EcoHealth, where his science-themed verse is regularly featured.


Away above a Harborful...

by Lawrence Ferlinghetti

Away above a harborful 
                                              of caulkless houses   
among the charley noble chimneypots 
                  of a rooftop rigged with clotheslines   
             a woman pastes up sails 
                                          upon the wind 
hanging out her morning sheets 
                                             with wooden pins 
                                  O lovely mammal 
                                             her nearly naked breasts   
                        throw taut shadows 
                                             when she stretches up   
to hang at last the last of her 
                                              so white washed sins   
                  but it is wetly amorous 
                                                   and winds itself about her   
                     clinging to her skin 
                                                   So caught with arms   
            she tosses back her head 
                                              in voiceless laughter   
    and in choiceless gesture then 
                                                 shakes out gold hair 

while in the reachless seascape spaces 

                           between the blown white shrouds   

         stand out the bright steamers 

                                                to kingdom come

Note:  A recitation can be heard here.

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