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Mark Olival-Bartley studied applied linguistics at Hawaii Pacific University, attaining B.A. and M.A. degrees in Teaching English as a Second Language, and poetry at the City College of New York. He is now writing a dissertation on the sonnets of E. A. Robinson at LMU, where he tutors composition alongside editing 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 at Review of International American Studies. He also teaches at Münchner Volkshochschule and leads the Amerikahaus Literaturkreis.


Shadrach O'Leary

  by E. A. Robinson

  O’Leary was a poet—for a while:
  He sang of many ladies frail and fair,
  The rolling glory of their golden hair,
  And emperors extinguished with a smile.
  They foiled his years with many an ancient wile,
  And if they limped, O’Leary didn’t care:
  He turned them loose and had them everywhere,
  Undoing saints and senates with their guile.

  But this was not the end. A year ago
  I met him—and to meet was to admire:
  Forgotten were the ladies and the lyre,
  And the small, ink-fed Eros of his dream.
  By questioning I found a man to know—
  A failure spared, a Shadrach of the Gleam.

Note:  A recitation can be heard here.

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