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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.



When in diſgrace with Fortune and mens eyes, 
I all alone beweepe my out-caſt ſtate, 
And trouble deafe heauen with my bootleſſe cries, 
And looke vpon my ſelfe and curſe my fate. 
Wiſhing me like to one more rich in hope, 
Featur'd like him,like him with friends poſſeſt, 
Deſiring this mans art,and that mans skope, 
With what I moſt inioy contented leaſt, 
Yet in theſe thoughts my ſelfe almoft deſpiſing, 
Haplye I thinke on thee, and then my ſtate, 
(Like to the Larke at breake of daye ariſing) 
From ſullen earth ſings himns at Heauens gate, 
   For thy ſweet loue remembred ſuch welth brings, 
   That then I skorne to change my ſtate with Kings.

William Shakespeare

Note:  A recitation can be heard here.

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