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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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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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