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Thanks to a residency at EcoHealth, my verse these days finds inspiration in the specter of future pandemics; for my dissertation at LMU München, where I tutor and edit circulars on poetics and composition, I'm anatomizing the prosody of Robinson's sonnets—I also teach at MVHS 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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