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Darren C Demaree

 Nude Male with Echo




Darren C. Demaree is the author of "As We Refer to Our Bodies" (8th House, 2013), "Temporary Champions" (Main Street Rag, 2014), "The Pony Governor" (2015, After the Pause Press) and "Not For Art Nor Prayer" (8th House, 2015).  He is the Managing Editor of the Best of the Net Anthology.  He is currently living in Columbus, Ohio with his wife and children.

I must follow you

out from here,

because in every one


of my stories

I begin within

my own body.


I could be a saint

if I started, once,

above my skin.

Every good play

must begin

with a lobotomy


or a birdcage.

The rest of them

are posturing.

Thick-throated, my song

is a stumbling fighter, working

through my own residual fear


that all of the words are only

a pause in the tolling bell we built

quickly near the riverbank


in our own minds. I swallow

almost every thought, because

the system works too well.

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