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Darren C. Demaree

Darren C. Demaree is living in Columbus, Ohio, with his wife and children. He is the author of “As We Refer To Our Bodies” (Spring 2013) and “Not For Art Nor Prayer” (2014), both forthcoming from 8th House Publishing House. He is the recipient of two Pushcart Prize nominations.

Emily as Honeysuckle

The vines left a mark inside my fist,
& the small beauty that could never
grow through our own bones

was left to circle the terrible depth
our skins accumulated in time
& many seasons of wanting more

time, with beauty so close to the thick
crooks our bodies developed
as invitation. The flowers were subtle

& seemed hidden underneath
the untended growth by the garage,
& we never doubted their small light,

& we never doubted the many shapes
of flower Emily could be if I looked away,
& I never looked away long enough.

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