EMILY AS A LAND UNDER SIEGE

DARREN C. DEMAREE

EMILY AS THE GREEK MYTHS FAIL

This is a two-thirds of an acre world

& they tell me the nexus of the gods

can cradle her ripening tan lines?

Y’all mother-

fuckers think Emily is going

to let you legislate

her body?

Goddamn. Such stupidity

masquerading as bravery

is going to get you stomped

on by a woman

who, in common measuring,

isn’t even five feet tall.

I love it when she makes this

world a righteous show.

I love when dumbass suits

make her prove there

are no common women.

I love it when we get

to budget

for spiked heels.

EMILY AS I TAKE MY MEDICINE ON THE FLOOR

I don’t fall so much anymore,

so if you see me on the floor,

it’s because Emily has willed it.

Darren C. Demaree is the author of fifteen poetry collections, most recently “Burning It Down”, (December 2020, 8th House Publishing).  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.  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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