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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 writing a dissertation on the sonnets of E. A. Robinson at LMU München, where he tutors composition and edits weekly 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 of Review of International American Studies. He also teaches at Münchner Volkshochschule and runs the Amerikahaus Literary Circle.


Mein Schutzengel

von Günter Grass

Er schüttet mich aus:

das Kind mit dem Bade.

Ich springe nicht gerne:
wer springt, fällt in Gnade.

Soviel ich auch stemme:
er zinkt die Gewichte.

Will ich mit der Tante:
beschützt er die Nichte.

Zerwerfe ich Schreiben:
er handelt mit Kitt.

und geh ich verloren:
mein Finder geht mit.

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