Darren C. Demaree: Two Poems

Emily as Her Shiny Parts Are Not a Signal for Help
I know there is resentment
for the name that has begun
these three thousand poems

& I really don’t care at all.
I was terrible with terrible
outcomes. I am good now,

sober, so the beautiful woman
I married decided not to
leave me. She is an epic,

but most of these poems
are about how she never went
anywhere without me.

It’s difficult to explain that
when you’re staring at her
the way everyone does.


Emily as I Sit on a Stone outside Our Front Door
I don’t wait for the moon.
I wait for Emily.
If I had wanted the moon

I would have gone
to the moon. I do have
that sort of devotion.

I have been misguided
before. She will tell me
if I ever am again.


Darren C. Demaree‘s poems have appeared, or are scheduled to appear, in numerous magazines/journals, including Hotel Amerika, Diode, North American Review, New Letters, Diagram, and the Colorado Review. He is the author of nine poetry collections, most recently Bombing the Thinker (September 2018), which was published by Backlash Press. He is the Managing Editor of the Best of the Net Anthology and Ovenbird Poetry, and is currently living and writing in Columbus, Ohio, with his wife and children. 

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