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As the resident poet at EcoHealth, my verse finds inspiration these days in the specter of future pandemics. For my dissertation at LMU's Amerika-Institut, I'm anatomizing the poetics (especially the prosody) of E. A. Robinson's sonnets. I also teach at Münchner Volkshochschule and lead the Amerikahaus Literary Circle.

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West Africa, 2014

by Mark Olival-Bartley

My mask is misted; feet, aswim in sweat
it's thirty-seven centigrade within 
this thickly gilded condom of a suit
whose pissy, jaundiced hue engenders fret
among those safe outside and peering in
who gasp at vomit born of spoiled fruit.

Note:  A recitation can be heard here.

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