Darren Demaree

What the Gun Eats #18

We put the seeds
in the ground
because the seeds

were quivering.
They knew about
the world

as they came
from crop, but they
didn’t know

that the hands
that could envelope
the world,

could add flames
to the sky, could
shred the field

with lines
to hang death
across the season.



 The biology is changed
by the introduction
of the end

of all forgiveness. Our
easy to stay
becomes easy to leave

& when the river
is lowered we’re all

stomped on
by each ounce
of wolf we bought.



I know midnight
is calmly taking place
elsewhere.  I know

if given enough alone
time midnight takes
place amidst

an amount of blood
that always screams
this body

has been pinned,
stuck with the raw
anarchy of chemicals

that are only new
the one time.  How
to have
your body modified
one way
& only ever one way.



Darren Demaree’s poems have appeared, or are scheduled to appear in numerous magazines/journals, including the South Dakota Review, Meridian, New Letters, Diagram, and the Colorado Review. 

He is the author of five poetry collections, most recently “The Nineteen Steps Between Us” (2016, After the Pause). I am the Managing Editor of the Best of the Net Anthology and Ovenbird Poetry. 

He is currently living and writing in Columbus, Ohio with his wife and children.