EMILY AS I ATE THE GRASSHOPPER 

Blind diligence
has so little to do
with the tongue.



EMILY AS THE BLACK NIGHT SHINES

Midair, I can say what I feel
about the moon rising
while my body descends

to where Emily used to be.
It’s that act, my flight
that never leads to her,

that gives me hope
for tomorrow night. I love
how she never

disappears completely.


Darren C. Demaree is the author of eight poetry collections, most recently “Two Towns Over”, which was selected the winner of the Louise Bogan Award from Trio House Press.  He is the recipient of a 2018 Ohio Arts Council Individual Excellence Award, and the Nancy Dew Taylor Award from Emrys Journal.  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.