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As the resident poet at EcoHealth Alliance, my verse finds inspiration these days in the spectre of global pandemics. At LMU Munich's Amerika-Institut, where I tutor composition and poetics, I'm anatomizing the sonnets of E. A. Robinson for my dissertation. I also teach at Münchner Volkshochschule and Amerikahaus.

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LXXVIII

So oft haue I inuok'd thee for my Muſe, 
And found ſuch faire aſſiſtance in my verſe, 
As euery Alien pen hath got my vſe, 
And vnder thee their poeſie diſperſe. 
Thine eyes,that taught the dumbe on high to ſing, 
And heauie ignorance aloft to flie, 
Haue added fethers to the learneds wing, 
And giuen grace a double Maieſtie. 
Yet be moſt proud of that which I compile, 
Whoſe influence is thine,and borne of thee, 
In others workes thou dooſt but mend the ſtile, 
And Arts with thy ſweete graces graced be. 
   But thou art all my art,and dooſt aduance 
   As high as learning,my rude ignorance.


William Shakespeare

Note:  A recitation can be heard here.

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