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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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Study of Two Pears

by Wallace Stevens
    

                    I

Opusculum paedagogum.
The pears are not viols,
nudes or bottles.
They resemble nothing else.



                    II

They are yellow forms
Composed of curves
Bulging toward the base.
They are touched red.



                    III

They are not flat surfaces
Having curved outlines.
They are round
tapering toward the top.



                    IV

In the way they are modelled
There are bits of blue.
A hard dry leaf hangs
From the stem.



                    V

The yellow glistens.
It glistens with various yellows,
Citrons, oranges and greens
Flowering over the skin.



                    VI

The shadows of the pears
Are blobs on the green cloth.
The pears are not seen
As the observer wills.



Note:  A recitation can be heard here.

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