Michael J Leach is a statistician, health researcher and poet with a PhD in pharmaco-epidemiology and a passion for combining science with art. He works at Bendigo Health and undertakes research through Monash University School of Rural Health. Michael’s poems have appeared in literary publications, including Cordite Poetry Review, Meniscus  Literary Journal and The Galway Review, as well as scientific journals, including the Medical Journal of Australia, the British Journal of Medical Practitioners and The Mathematical Intelligencer.  He lives in his hometown of Bendigo, Australia.

Three Coffee Sciku

the motions of her
body and machine extract
top coffee flavours

that methylxanthine
called caffeine stimulates my
cerebral matter

dopamine levels
rise to peaks as I savour
time in this café