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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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Schenken

von Joachim Ringelnatz

Schenke groß oder klein,
aber immer gediegen.
Wenn die Bedachten
die Gaben wiegen,
sei Dein Gewissen rein.

Schenke herzlich und frei.
Schenke dabei,
was in Dir wohnt
an Meinung, Geschmack und Humor,
so dass die eigene Freude zuvor
Dich reichlich belohnt.

Schenke mit Geist ohne List.
Sei eingedenk,
daß Dein Geschenk
Du selber bist.

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