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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.



by Rae Armantrout


Touch each chakra
in turn and say,

“Nothing shocks me.”


Watching bombs fall
on Syria,

we feel serious,


not preoccupied
as we were



“Makes me end,
where I begun,”

wrote John Donne,

turning love
into geometry.

Note: A recitation can be heard.

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