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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.

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Herbst

von Rainer Maria Rilke

Die Blätter fallen, fallen wie von weit, 
als welkten in den Himmeln ferne Gärten; 
sie fallen mit verneinender Gebärde. 
   
Und in den Nächten fällt die schwere Erde 
aus allen Sternen in die Einsamkeit. 
   
Wir alle fallen. Diese Hand da fällt. 
Und sieh dir andre an: es ist in allen. 
   
Und doch ist Einer, welcher dieses Fallen 
unendlich sanft in seinen Händen hält. 

Note:  A recitation can be heard here.

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