Escape Artist

No padlock.
No pick tucked
in your left cheek.
No chain a foot thick
from ankle to neck.
No straitjacket self-
love self-
hug. No gag.
No Hudson River
shiver shiver
dragged below
by a bag of bricks.

None of that for you, Houdini.

Only your skin
to writhe against,
to weigh you down.

Escape it if you can.

Before you drown—

Amit Majmudar

Amit Majmudar

Amit Majmudar's new book is a translation of the Bhagavad-Gita with commentary entitled Godsong (Knopf, 2018). A diagnostic and nuclear radiologist, as well as the former Poet Laureate of Ohio and an internationally published novelist, he lives in Westerville, Ohio, with his wife and three children.
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Author: Amit Majmudar

Amit Majmudar's new book is a translation of the Bhagavad-Gita with commentary entitled Godsong (Knopf, 2018). A diagnostic and nuclear radiologist, as well as the former Poet Laureate of Ohio and an internationally published novelist, he lives in Westerville, Ohio, with his wife and three children.