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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 M√ľnchen, where I tutor composition and edit a poetry weekly, I'm anatomizing the prosody of E. A. Robinson's sonnets—I also teach at MVHS and lead the Amerikahaus Literary Circle.

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Metaphor

by Mark Olival-Bartley

A poem is a weather-tested craft,
whose worthiness is ultimately found
by how it sails the oceanic rift
between assaulting waves that never end

and utter stillness when the winds are lost,
or it's a vessel of another stripe
with holds so flooded that they nearly list
as blood is fed along its thrumming rope.

Note:  A recitation can be heard here.

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