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Darren Demaree

I’ve only had the one hair
grow down my throat, threaten root
& dollar store firework
at the same time, a Midwestern re-birth
like mixing whiskey with red wine
& calling it better blood, Emily
has never stopped filling the bathtub
with things that could kill a dog,
but can exist to run down the outside
of our bodies. I think the sun sinks
into Indiana because it’s afraid of her
& I think Indiana has been whittled down
because it’s afraid of her. I can dance
with my clothes set on fire, if they are
in the middle of the street,
but what Emily wants is for me to give
a pearl handle to the bucket
we keep in the back of her sedan,
she wants to be elegant in her threats
to drive that old water into a bicentennial
barn, she wants to be the whole threat
& she wants me to keep her safely inside me.

Darren C. Demaree’s poems have appeared, or are scheduled to appear in numerous magazines/journals, including the South Dakota Review, Meridian, The Louisville Review, Diagram, and the Colorado Review. Darren is the author of "As We Refer To Our Bodies" (2013, 8th House), "Temporary Champions" (2014, Main Street Rag), "The Pony Governor" (2015, After the Pause Press), and "Not For Art Nor Prayer" (2015, 8th House). He is the Managing Editor of the Best of the Net Anthology. He is currently living and writing in Columbus, Ohio with his wife and children.

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