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Mark Olival-Bartley studied applied linguistics at Hawaii Pacific University, attaining B.A. and M.A. degrees in TESOL. He is now writing a dissertation on the sonnets of E. A. Robinson at LMU M√ľnchen, where he tutors composition alongside editing flyers on poetry and style. He teaches English at M√ľnchner Volkshochschule and leads the Amerikahaus Literaturkreis. He is also the resident poet at EcoHealth, where his science-themed verse is regularly featured.

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What Will Your Verse Be?

Words matter; they genuinely affect the course of the world and the welfare of its inhabitants, which is why they must be carefully wroughtthis week alone, we witnessed how the words of President Trump horrifyingly raised the specter of nuclear holocaust and ghastily tendered political cover for domestic terrorists. Indeed, Mr. Keating, we do not read and write poetry because it is cute: We read and write poetry because we are members of the human race. Fellow wordsmiths, what will your verse be?



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