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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poems

poem
Come up from the fields father, here's a letter from our Pete, 
And come to the front door mother, here's a letter from thy
   dear son.

Lo, 'tis autumn, 
Lo, where the trees, deeper green, yellower and redder,
Cool and sweeten Ohio's villages with leaves fluttering in the
   moderate wind,
Where apples ripe in
poem
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
poem

                        on my birthday

I want a future
making hammocks
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,
but necessary,
as the wild must be,