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As the resident artist at EcoHealth, I pen verse these days inspired by the specter of future pandemics; for my dissertation at Amerika-Institut of LMU München, where I edit a weekly circular on poetry, I'm anatomizing the prosody of E. A. Robinson's sonnets—I also teach English, tutor composition, and lead a literary circle.

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Geography

by Rae Armantrout

1

Touch each chakra
in turn and say,


“Nothing shocks me.”

2

Watching bombs fall
on Syria,

we feel serious,

occupied,

not preoccupied
as we were

previously.

3

“Makes me end,
where I begun,”

wrote John Donne,

turning love
into geometry.

Note: A recitation can be heard.

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