Darren C. Demaree

Emily as an Unforgettable Red Space

I dream of a color
other than my own
& that resonates

to soften my ego.
I am shocking
in my preference

for Emily above
even the best of me.
There is something

jugular about
ignoring the interest
I have in translating

her into a language
I can soften
to fit in my mouth.


Darren C. Demaree is the author of six poetry collections, most recently Many Full Hands Applauding Inelegantly (8th House Publishing, 2016). He is the Managing Editor of the Best of the Net Anthology and Ovenbird Poetry. He is currently living in Columbus, Ohio with his wife and children.