Darren C. Demaree


I am not resigned to think that though I am in love
with my wife, that is enough to stay married to her
& though she is in love with me, that is not enough

for us to bask in the seasons of Ohio, to name them
after our favorite activities, to make them ours, nest
them as ours, let our asses get comfortable in them

like we have earned any of this. Emily is an unfulfilled
idea. She is a woman left to elegy, in need of being saved
from the sorrowful perambulations of time. She is a body

to bless with the efforts of a man in a field, undeterred
by the lack of sun, the lack of crop, the lack of direction
home. With my rising blood I will effort us for a long time.

Darren C. Demaree's poems have appeared, or are scheduled to appear in numerous magazines/journals, including the South Carolina Review, Meridian, The Louisville Review, Cottonwood, The Tribeca Poetry Review, and Whiskey Island. He is the author of As We Refer To Our Bodies (2013) and Not For Art Nor Prayer (2014), both due out from 8th House Publishing House. He is the recipient of two Pushcart Prize nominations, & currently lives and writes in Columbus, Ohio with his wife and children.
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