Emily as Fire by Darren Demaree

By Darren Demaree

I visit water

& I consume

water. I visit

dirt to test

the tension

of my body

on the dirt.

I offer myself

to the wind

all the time.

I am still here,


just enough

to become

an ash

the wind

will eventually

want to take

forever. Think

about that gift.


Darren C. Demaree is the author of sixteen poetry collections, most recently “a child walks in the dark”, (Harbor Editions, November 2021). He is the recipient of a 2018 Ohio Arts Council Individual Excellence Award, the Louise Bogan Award from Trio House Press, and the Nancy Dew Taylor Award from Emrys Journal. He is the Editor-in-Chief of the Best of the Net Anthology and the Managing Editor of Ovenbird Poetry. He is currently living in Columbus, Ohio with his wife and children.


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