Poem by Darren Demaree


 

Emily as a Smile Without Her Teeth

I know the shape of fear.
I know the sound of probing.
I know what to do

when Emily, enigmatic Emily
takes the shadow to make
the shadow compelling.

I have spent whole years
of my life not knowing if
I am undefended. She

creates a world without
expectations. She chooses me
every day. She chooses me.

 

Darren Demaree poems have appeared, or are scheduled to appear in numerous magazines/journals, including Diode, Meridian, New Letters, Diagram, and the Colorado Review. He is the author of six poetry collections, most recently Many Full Hands Applauding Inelegantly (2016, 8th House Publishing). His seventh collection Two Towns Over was selected as the winner of the Louise Bogan Award by Trio House Press, and is scheduled to be released in March of 2018. He is the Managing Editor of the Best of the Net anthology and Ovenbird Poetry. He is currently living and writing in Columbus, Ohio with his wife and children.

Alex Duensing. Graduate of William Paterson and Columbia? Yes. Ran for St. Petersburg, FL City Council? Yes. Won? No. Stopped Mayan Apocalypse on rooftop with performance art? Yup. Strange but nice fellow? Clearly. Protégé of Arakawa+Gins, masters of the architectural body? Ongoing even after the supposed end. Able to create mechanical engines that run completely on the energy a person creates while appreciating a painting? On delightful rare occasions.

 

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