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Thanks to a residency at EcoHealth, my verse these days finds inspiration in the specter of future pandemics; for my dissertation at LMU München, where I tutor composition and edit a poetry weekly, I'm anatomizing the prosody of E. A. Robinson's sonnets—I also teach at MVHS and lead the Amerikahaus Literary Circle.



by William Shakespeare

If the dull ſubstance of my fleſh were thought, 
Iniurious diſtance ſhould not ſtop my way, 
For then diſpight of ſpace I would be brought, 
From limits farre remote,where thou dooſt ſtay, 
No matter then although my foote did ſtand 
Vpon the fartheſt earth remoou'd from thee, 
For nimble thought can iumpe both ſea and land, 
As ſoone as thinke the place where he would be. 
But ah,thought kills me that I am not thought 
To leape large lengths of miles when thou art gone, 
But that ſo much of earth and water wrought, 
I muſt attend,times leaſure with my mone. 
   Receiuing naughts by elements ſo ſloe, 
   But heauie teares,badges of eithers woe.

Note:  A recitation can be heard here.

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