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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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Geisterweg

von Rose Ausländer

Giftige Geister lauern am Weg.
Wir gehn schräg
um sie nicht zu berühren.

Wir stehn vor versiegelten Türen.

Es war unser Haus, es war
unser Garten mit feingekämmtem Haar.
Es war Mutterduft, es war.

Wir kehren um, gehn schräg
den giftigschwarzen Weg
ins Getto.

Note:  A recitation can be heard here.

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