The Works of Darren C. Demaree

Darren C. Demaree’s poems have appeared, or are scheduled to appear in numerous magazines/journals, including the South Dakota Review, Meridian, The Louisville Review, Diagram, and The Colorado Review. He is the author of As We Refer To Our Bodies (2013, 8th House), Temporary Champions (2014, Main Street Rag), The Pony Governor (2015, After the Pause Press), and Not For Art Nor Prayer (2015, 8th House). He is the managing editor of the Best of the Net Anthology.

He currently writes and lives in Columbus, Ohio with his wife and children. 


All Poems © Darren C. Demaree

Emily as What the Last Wind Means 


If the academy

of natural hints

has purchased


its last opening

& left you

alone here,


your story

now must be

free from all




Emily was



to me as

the opposite


of death.  I took

no other



Emily as I’m Going to Stop Calling This Our World


If I say nothing,

all of you will still know

who it is


that I’m talking about.

I am that bird.

My song only changes


if my mouth

is full of radical seed

& I quit seed years ago.

Emily as She Unfolds


Without nursing

or sorrow or rage

I have found


the woman I know

& love to be thrilling

beyond the construct


of how women

are normally exciting

to the male poet.


Emily says I am hers

& that means I am

fearless now.


That is more

than I promised her.

I should have

promised her better

things.  I will

now, without fear


speak the tongue

of the foundation

& move it for her.