Ohio

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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     Begin with the dining room custodian at the university who smashed the stained glass window because we are actually going to change history


     Imagine then in the suburbs of Cleveland a sculpture of steel rings broken in halves but opening up away from the bullet-written history of the

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That we rode harder into the wind,
That the story got told,
That the broken candies were eaten first,
That they were eaten last,
That all subjects grew extinct eventually,
That in the inn I ruined our lives,
That in the barn I tried to save them,
That I failed,
That per

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It's a jazz affair, drum crashes and cornet razzes.
The trombone pony neighs and the tuba jackass snorts.
The banjo tickles and titters too awful.
The chippies talk about the funnies in the papers.
     The cartoonists weep in their beer.
     Ship riveters talk with their feet
     To the feet of floozies under