Poetry from Darren Demaree


The Routine: Do the Dishes Again.

That empty sink
is my best shot
at seducing Emily.

If I picked her up
& put her on
the counter to kiss

her firmly
& she leaned back
& knocked a spoon

around a dirty bowl
that would be
the end of things.

I work six steps ahead
just in case it’s possible
I get Emily tonight.

I’m sure as fuck
not going ruin it by
walking past the dishes

I left from my lunch.
It sounds silly, I know,
but it’s not, it’s not.


 The Routine: Poetry Business #2

Before protection, there is naked dancing
& zero regret.  Take your pictures.  Make
your comments.  This is my body.  I did not

wake up today to hide any part of it.
I did not wake up today to house the fears
of my father and my father’s father.  If I had

wanted to repeat the dreams that stop
growing, I would chosen to keep a prayer book
next to my bed.  I would have chosen the law.


 The Routine: All Seven Email Accounts

It’s one password
& a lot of template emails.
It’s not that hard.

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Darren Demaree is the author of six poetry collections, most recently “Many Full Hands Applauding Inelegantly” (2016, 8th House Publishing). Demaree’s seventh collection “Two Towns Over” was selected as the winner of the Louise Bogan Award by Trio House Press, and is scheduled to be released in March of 2018. Darren is the Managing Editor of the Best of the Net Anthology and Ovenbird Poetry.