person Darren C. Demaree, three poems

Darren C. Demaree is a writer whose 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 seven poetry collections, most recently ‘A Fire Without Light’ (2017, Nixes Mate Books). His eighth 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.

Darren is the Managing Editor of the Best of the Net Anthology and Ovenbird Poetry. He lives with his wife and children in Columbus, Ohio.



There is a patch of cells
in the back of my mind
that knows the actual
truth of Emily, all of it,
the names, the transfer
into bottles, the names
& the yellow, all that
yellow we code-named
“bird-watching”, that bit
of time when neither
of us fit into the milk crate
our love had given us.
At my best, I find the small,
weird portions of her
& I stuff them into words
that mean so little she
becomes the abstract
I need her to. Her process
is different. I am some-
one else in her heart, I am
a good man when she
remembers my name.
I wish she would call me
by my whole name,
but that, that, that, that
would trigger something
I’d have no words for.



I can live in the crook
of her elbow. I can gasp
with each bending

moment. I can sing
to her authority over me.
I would love it

if she could make me
smaller than I am now,
so I could fit

in the caps of one of her
teeth. How lovely
it would be to make

a nest inside a place
destined to be
ruined by her casual bite.



We are in our third incarnation. We have
been less-than twice already. If we want
to be more than this we will have to kill
both of our old selves. We will have to carry
nothing forward. We could be even more
of a dedication. We could become a painting.
Never doubt our expansionist tendencies.
There is a trail of bodies behind both of us.

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