Emily As We Bring Ourselves To The Creek – Darren C. Demaree

   for Bianca Stone


Not all ferocity

is gothic, but we bring


our favorite paintings

to the edge


of the light

& undeniable force


of a casual water

that dies all the time,


but refuses to die

without our witness.


How much

of a fairy tale is the oil


that holds on

to the canvasses


we offer fifty yards from

the land we own?


How much does it matter

that we use four hands


to drown the art

we’ve bought? That is


such a limited question.

Besides, we re-hang it all.


Darren C. Demaree

Darren C. Demaree is the author of fourteen poetry collections, most recently “Unfinished Murder Ballads”, (October 2020, Backlash Press).  He is the recipient of a 2018 Ohio Arts Council Individual Excellence Award, the Louis Bogan Award from Trio House Press, and the Nancy Dew Taylor Award from Emrys Journal.

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