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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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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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