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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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After Brunnenburg


At Culinaria by candlelight,
intoxicated by the headiness
of Cathay’s song and Mary’s anecdotes
of Frost and Yeats and all who drank the bright
and polysemous, vintage readiness
expounded in her father’s verse and notes,
we toasted what the sestet means—how break-
ing dawn will flood the idyll where we’d read
Li Po and what the Anglo-Saxons said
of faring from the fountain-fortress wake
and how his silent mask from life would ache
to shed the shackles of its desk-bound bed
to join us in the journeys now ahead
and pen the dazzling music they will make.

Mark Olival-Bartley




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