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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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Beginning My Studies

by Walt Whitman

Beginning my studies, the first step pleas’d me so much,  
The mere fact, consciousness—these forms—the power of motion,
The least insect or animal—the senses—eyesight—love;  
The first step, I say, aw’d me and pleas’d me so much,  
I have hardly gone, and hardly wish’d to go, any farther,        
But stop and loiter all the time, to sing it in extatic songs.

Note:  A recitation can be heard here.

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