Poems by Darren Demaree

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EMILY AS THE FIELD IS STILL A FIELD

Even if Emily is naked in the field
the worth of that dirt is determined
by the season. Though that

has never stopped me from referring
to her as the bloom, as the crop,
as the reason why all of Ohio’s two-lane

highways have been built. I know corn
is important once it’s waist-high,
but all my stories are about Emily.

EMILY AS VODKA

All of the worst stories
from rehab involved end
of the lines

with heroin, bath salts,
or vodka.
I am sober now,

but then again I put
my mouth to Emily
the same way

I used to put my mouth
on a bottle of vodka
The scar

can be a fleck of sun
if we’re all moving
at the same speed.

EMILY AS SIX OTHER COUNTIES

Winter is a myth
until it blankets you

& you are so cold
that you die warm.

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Darren C. Demaree is the author of nine poetry collections, most recently Bombing the Thinker, which was published by Backlash Press. He is the recipient of a 2018 Ohio Arts Council Individual Excellence Award, the Louis Bogan Award from Trio House Press, and the Nancy Dew Taylor Award from Emrys Journal. He is the Managing Editor of the Best of the Net Anthology and Ovenbird Poetry. He is currently living in Columbus, Ohio with his wife and children.

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