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Mark Olival-Bartley studied applied linguistics at Hawaii Pacific University, attaining B.A. and M.A. degrees in TESOL, and poetry at the City College of New York. He is now anatomizing the prosody of E. A. Robinson’s sonnets for his dissertation at Amerika Institut of LMU Munich, where also he edits a poetry weekly. 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 of Review of International American Studies.

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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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