This poem reflects on caffeine intake in modern society from the perspective of a pharmacologist. It is a free verse, concrete poem that communicates the science of caffeine through both words and visual images.
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Leach, Michael J.
The STEAM Journal:
2, Article 17.
Available at: https://scholarship.claremont.edu/steam/vol3/iss2/17
This image shows the skeletal structural formula of the caffeine molecule. The image is in the public domain: https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Caffeine_structure.svg
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Michael J Leach is a statistician, health researcher, and poet with a PhD in Pharmacy and a keen interest in STEAM. Michael works at the Loddon Mallee Integrated Cancer Service, Bendigo Health and undertakes research through Monash University School of Rural Health. His poems have appeared in medical journals, including the Medical Journal of Australia and Medical Humanities, as well as literary journals, including Cordite Poetry Review and Meniscus Literary Journal. He lives in his hometown of Bendigo, Australia.