Warm. (Series 7/8/9) Poems by Darren C. Demaree

I took a turn
into the outskirts
of the assumption
that each darkness
is a cool pool
for my warmth
& I got burned
many times
by the thick life
that never dies
in that world.
I left
whole years
in those places.
I look twice
at the pinch
of away
& away from
me. I am
taken by
how often
I long to be
the collision.
All over again,
I talked about birth
as flight,
but to take the air
& the wind
at the same time
takes maturity.
We crawl
though every inch
of the warm
cascade before
we ever look up.
We shake
for decades
after we stand.
Darren C. Demaree
“Darren is a dangerous dreamer, concocting love poems to his home state, and pastorals to his true love. But there’s always something more beneath the surface: sex and violence, villainy, mutilation, uneasy redemption and troubled ecstasy. These poems are pins pressed deep in the disfigured heart of America. They work a dark magic on the reader — they’re unsettling in necessary ways.” Christopher Michel
My 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.
I am 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). I am the Managing Editor of the Best of the Net Anthology.
I am currently living and writing in Columbus, Ohio with my wife and children.


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