01 April, 2016: TEETOTUM


by Amit Majmudar


A superconductor,
its spin spans
the ineluctable
and chance:

The teetotum,
hybrid of top
and dice, bumps
to a stop,

falling on all
its elbows down
the stairs of its own
shape until

it clatters on
a verdict,
whatever teetotum –
momentum picks,

sage or sot,
kiss or kick,
gyp or jackpot,
one through six.

"Teetotum" by Amit Majmudar from 0°, 0°: Poems. TriQuarterly Books, 2009. Used by permission of the author.

Amit Majmudar has recently been named the first Poet Laureate of the state of Ohio. In addition to two acclaimed novels, he has published three award-winning poetry collections, 0°, 0° (TriQuarterly Books, 2009), Heaven and Earth (Story Line Press, 2011) which won the Donald Justice prize, and Dothead (Knopf Doubleday, 2016). Raised in Cleveland and educated in Northeast Ohio at the University of Akron and Northeast Ohio Medical University, he did his medical residency at University Hospitals in Cleveland. Now as a novelist, poet, essayist, and diagnostic nuclear radiologist, he writes and practices in Dublin, Ohio, where he lives with his wife, twin sons, and baby daughter. Poet's website.


Beginnings: Write a poem about a first in your life, such as having a first child, first looking into Chapman’s Homer, or tasting a cannoli for the first time. Do not use the word “first,” “one” or “beginning.” Do not use the phrase “for starters.”

steve brightman
Take Me Out To The Ballgame - cinquain

Opening Day
home whites upon green grass
bat crack ecstasy without clock
first pitch
4/3/2016 2:13:31 PM

c a jacobson

Tiny, perfect
warm, smooth
kicking, crying


helpless, willful
dividing , breathing
growing, stretching


ears, eyes
messy, temper
cooing, sucking

4/2/2016 10:39:56 AM

Why is there is always a smile on my face
And I always feel like I have won the big race
Out of breath, but still wanting to run even more
Get excited -- whenever I hear a knock at the door
It’s because of you – you’re my Alpha in regards to real love
You’re making every day feel wonderful as if sent down from above
I am thankful…to be able to say that I’ve experienced this love
It’s like no other that will never be forgotten and cannot be erased
That is cherished forever throughout time and throughout space
Yes, my alpha…in regards to real love
You are my alpha… you were sent from above
4/1/2016 3:33:42 PM

READ + WRITE: 30 Days of Poetry is a collaboration between Cuyahoga County Public Library and poet Diane Kendig. Our thanks go to Diane and the poets of Northeast Ohio who allowed us to share their poetry.