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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 München, where he tutors composition alongside editing flyers on poetry and style. He teaches English at Münchner 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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The Final Poem of Posthumous Cantos

by Ezra Pound,
edited by Massimo Bacigalupo

And there was nothing but water melon
at the top of Mt Chocorua
& she tried to sell her Hans Andersen picture book
with the red gilded cover
to the janitor
& she left the school picnic
to follow a funeral
& had no arbre de Noël
& she was beautiful on the beach @ Sta Margherita
& the mill race ran level our table at Ville Davray
& she was beautiful as la Mousmé
& she climbed the rope ladder over ship side –

& her name was courage
& she had pity for every living thing
& kept me alive for ten years
for which no one will thank her
her red heart in flask of perfume

(Thanksgiving Day)

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