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

 

untranslatable

shadows. 

Emily was

 

presented

to me as

the opposite

 

of death.  I took

no other

convincing.

 


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.