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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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Silvester

von Joachim Ringelnatz

Daß bald das neue Jahr beginnt,
spür ich nicht im geringsten.
Ich merke nur: Die Zeit verrinnt
genauso wie zu Pfingsten.


Die Zeit verrinnt. Die Spinne spinnt
in heimlichen Geweben.
Wenn heute nacht ein Jahr beginnt,
beginnt ein neues Leben.


Note:  A recitation can be heard here.

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