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As the resident poet at EcoHealth, my verse finds inspiration these days in the specter of future pandemics. For my dissertation at LMU's Amerika-Institut, I'm anatomizing the poetics (especially the prosody) of E. A. Robinson's sonnets. I also teach at Münchner Volkshochschule and lead the Amerikahaus Literary Circle.

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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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