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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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In den Traum

von Rose Ausländer

Komm, laß uns lautlos in den Abend gehn
und immer tiefer in den Wald der Nacht,
wo Sterne hoch und weiß wie Lilien stehn
und noch ein Märchenmund im Monde wacht.

Hier sind wir nicht daheim.  Es ist kein Raum
so groß, daß unsre Sehnsucht ihn erfüllt.
Wir steigen tausend Treppen in den Traum,
wo Gott das Licht in tausend Farben hüllt.

Note:  A recitation can be heard here.

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