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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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to Laura

When I consider how our time has sped,

I am amazed at all that we have done
both bridges fared and those we dared not tread
throughout this threefold circling of the Sun.

Yet not for this I come to you, whose bed

I share and where, my love, I thank the one
who gave me peace, revived my muse, and led
my soul to grace through touch and hearth and fun.

Mark Olival-Bartley

5 June 2013

Note:  A recitation can be heard here.

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