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I'm a poet and translator from Oʻahu: As the resident artist at EcoHealth, my verse these days finds inspiration in the specter of future pandemics; for my dissertation at LMU München, where I edit a weekly circular on poetics, I'm anatomizing the prosody of Robinson's sonnets—I also teach English and tutor composition.

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On First Looking into Chapman's Homer

by John Keats


Much have I travell'd in the realms of gold, 
And many goodly states and kingdoms seen; 
Round many western islands have I been 
Which bards in fealty to Apollo hold. 
Oft of one wide expanse had I been told 
That deep-brow'd Homer ruled as his demesne; 
Yet did I never breathe its pure serene 
Till I heard Chapman speak out loud and bold: 
Then felt I like some watcher of the skies 
When a new planet swims into his ken; 
Or like stout Cortez when with eagle eyes 
He star'd at the Pacific—and all his men 
Look'd at each other with a wild surmise— 
Silent, upon a peak in Darien. 

Note:  A recitation can be heard here.

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