on my birthday
I want a future
out of figs and accidents.
Or a future quieter
than snow. The leopards
stake out the backyard
and will flee at noon.
My terror is not secret,
as the wild must be,
On December 17, 2015, Governor John Kasich named Amit Majmudar as the first poet laureate of Ohio. Majmudar, who will serve a two-year appointment in the honorary position, is a Cleveland-area native who works as a diagnostic and nuclear radiologist. He is the author of two novels and three poetry collections: Dothead (Alfred A. Knopf, 2016), Heaven and Earth (Story Line Press, 2011), and 0°0° (Triquarterly Books, 2009).
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on my birthday
I am shown a generosity so muddied at the muddy bottom of a question I forget to ask until it's fished out but bloated but in the manner of a net a web of causal connections attached to its corners gently moving over the surface of the water how come the road couldn't have stayed followed by way of
Who would have thought the afterlife would look so much like Ohio? A small town place, thickly settled among deciduous trees. I lived for what seemed a very short time. Several things did not work out. Casually almost, I became another one of the departed, but I had never imagined the tunnel of hot wind