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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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All you that hear in scattered rhymes the sound
of sighs on which I used to feed my heart
in youthful error when I was in part
another man, and not what I am now,

for the vain hopes, vain sorrows I avow,
in tears and discourse of my varied art,
in any who have played a lover's part
pity I hope to find, and pardon too.

But now I plainly see how I became
a mocking tale that common people tell,
and in myself my self I put to shame;

and of my raving all the fruit is shame,
and penitence, and knowing all too well
that what the world loves is a passing dream.

Petrarch, Canzoniere;
Translated by Anthony Mortimer

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