Summit Artspace recently brought together poetry and science lovers as poet and diagnostic nuclear radiologist Amit Majmudar shared work from his new collection “Dothead.”
The first poet laureate of Ohio, Majmudar drew from his experiences growing up as an Indian-American. “Dothead” features imagery from the Hindu tradition, as well as the religion of Islam.
From the very first poem of the collection, Majmudar’s humor, theatrical style and use of unique images were front and center for audience members. “Dothead” is an especially important poem because it makes a powerful statement regarding the struggles of growing up cross culturally. Majmudar’s science and medical background influences so much of his style, and he even admitted at the reading that he has a love of form poems for this reason.
Aside from Majmudar, Summit Artspace also brought young poets Ileana Horattas and Reem Azem. Both poets currently attend Northeast Ohio Medical University (NEOMED). Horattas and Azem were invited to read their work with Majmudar since they won the 2016 William Carlos Williams Poetry Competition. Majmudar is also a graduate of NEOMED, and also a recipient of the William Carlos William Poetry Competition
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