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0° , 0° is where the equator and prime meridian cross, but it is also, in Amit Majmudar’s poetic cartography, "the one True Cross, the rood’s wood warped and tacked / pole to pole." Unlikely intersections lie at the heart of Amit Majmudar's first collection of poetry. Mythical, biblical, political, and scientific allusion thrive side by side, inspiring surprise and wonder.
Majmudar’s training as a medical doctor is clearly at work as he is able to balance poetic forms requiring surgical precision—including the exceedingly difficult ghazal—with warmth and compassion for the world. Majmudar understands suffering on the large scale and the small, whether he is speaking up for the biblical character Job and "answering the whirlwind," or tallying the human cost of war at Walter Reed Army Medical Center.
TriQuarterly, 9780810126268, 88pp.
Publication Date: August 26, 2009
About the Author
Amit Majmudar is a diagnostic radiologist specializing in nuclear medicine in Columbus, Ohio, where he lives with his wife and twin sons. His poetry has appeared in Poetry, First Things, and TriQuarterly, among other publications. His poem "A Pedestrian" was read on WNYC as part of National Poetry Month, and "By Accident" was selected for The Best American Poetry 2007.