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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.


The Jewel Stairs Grievance

by Rihaku, 
translated by Ezra Pound 

The jewelled steps are already quite white with 


It is so late that the dew soaks my gauze stockings, 
And I let down the crystal curtain 
And watch the moon through the clear autumn. 

Note:  A recitation can be heard here.

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