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Thanks to a residency at EcoHealth, my verse these days finds inspiration in the specter of future pandemics; for my dissertation at LMU München, where I tutor composition and edit a poetry weekly, I'm anatomizing the prosody of E. A. Robinson's sonnets—I also teach at MVHS and lead the Amerikahaus 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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