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The Adventures of Amit Majmudar

Amit Majmudar

‘Never laid a snare for nothin. / Never caught a bullfrog. Broke / my slingshot wishbone, wishin. / Never had a smoke.’ New poetry from Amit Majmudar.

Never laid a snare for nothin.
Never caught a bullfrog. Broke
my slingshot wishbone, wishin.
Never had a smoke.
Never clipped a baseball card
to thutter in the spokes.
My fist clenched an ink pen
and I learned what to think when
and never swore no Honest Injun,
and never spat, and never struck.
Where you gone, Tom?
Where you at, Huck?

 

I call myself a man today
though I’ve never been a boy
and dug for treasure in the woods
or lost myself in play
feared dead for seven days
until I showed up by my grave
and made a sniffling town rejoice.
I could have been a pirate, Mama,
at least a Robin Hood,
but I was always up to something
employable and good,
and now I’m down here in this cave,
crying, crying to be saved
though I reckon I am stuck:
Where you gone, Tom?
Where you at, Huck?

 

Photograph © May

Amit Majmudar

Amit Majmudar is a poet, novelist, and essayist. His work has appeared in the New York Times, the New Yorker, The Best of the Best American Poetry 1988-2012 and numerous other publications. His latest book is Dothead (Knopf, 2016).

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