Darren C. Demaree


Finally, sex like a burned
corn field, raw & rough
& in the dirt, a story peppered
with the word “soiled.”

This is something I can tell
friends & family about,
something they will understand:
the land, the flesh,

the blood after, the whiskey
before the blue jeans
came off; mild air, so pretty
at all the wrong times.


I remember liking it,
the sudden lightness, how
you slowly ate at me,

nibbled my hamstrings, then
ran to the back of the room.
I faced the door in defiance.

It took me twenty-nine days
to fall down. When I woke up,
there was a beautiful woman

in the corner, tucking her
shoe over her ankle. Ohio,
coy mistress, now I limp

with the memory of you.

Darren C. Demaree's poems have appeared or are scheduled to appear in Good Foot, Karamu, Right Hand Pointing, Meridian, Subtle Tea, Juked, Paradigm, Wild Violet, HazMat Review, The Pittsburgh Quarterly, Goliard, Nuthin Zine, The Avatar Review, fourCulture, Offerings, Lily, Prick of the Spindle, Caffeine Destiny, and on poetz.com. He is currently living and writing in Columbus, Ohio. Darren have finished most of Masters work at Miami University in Southwestern Ohio, and plan on receiving that degree at the end of the year.

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