Dothead - Amit Majmudar
Did you know Ohio has a poet laureate? The moment I learned this, I knew I had to read some of his work. Majmudar's latest collection is proud, lyrical, sexy, tender, compassionate, blunt, and sensitive, all at once. The titular poem, which kicks off the volume, establishes immediately that racial identity and racism will be a concern here, and the theme of racial profiling winds through the collection like a scarlet ribbon. There is much love here also, fatherly, friendly, and erotic. Indeed, "Steep Ascension," in which the speaker mourns the impending death of a friend, is the most beautiful love poem I've ever read.
I only made it halfway through my library copy before I had to give it back, but that's all right. I'll be buying this one for my home collection. Especially after reading "Abecedarian," which is the cleverest, sexiest take on the Adam and Eve mythos I've ever seen.