Words matter; they genuinely affect the course of the world and the welfare of its inhabitants, which is why they must be carefully wrought—this 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?
- Mark Olival-Bartley
- 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.