Umbrella
A Journal of Poetry and Kindred Prose


Amit Majmudar

won the 2011 Donald Justice Price. His poems have appeared in The New Yorker, The Atlantic Monthly, Poetry, and many other publications.


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His Love of Semicolons

The comma is comely, the period, peerless,
        but stack them one atop
the other, and I am in love; what I love
        is the end that refuses to stop,
the promise that something will come in a moment
        though the saying seem all said;
a grammatical afterlife, fullness that spills
        past the fullstop, not so much dead
as taking a breather, at worst, stunned;
        the sentence regroups and restarts,
its notation bespeaking momentum, its silence
        dividing the beats of a heart.