Spring 2012, Volume 12

Poetry by Darren C. Demaree

In Sunlight, Over Wine

Emily’s voice echoes, tunnels
through the alcohol, my lips
plain, unasked to join her

in the second bottle of the picnic,
the ancestor of which has been kicked
down to where the dogs

can play with the tang of a Cabernet
on the last day of Fall.  Patched robe,
I am the healed field, sober,

waiting to treat her body
like a sponge.  Pleasured, she
won’t notice my desperate lips,

searching for any opening
to siphon the red from her body,
to kiss her deep enough to buzz again.





BIO: My poems have appeared, or are scheduled to appear in numerous magazines/journals, including the South Carolina Review, Meridian, Grain, Cottonwood, The Tribeca Poetry Review, and Whiskey Island. Recently, Freshwater Poetry Journal and Bluestem have each nominated me for a Pushcart Prize. I am currently living and writing in Columbus, Ohio with my wife and daughter. I have finished my Masters work in Creative Writing at Miami University in Southwestern Ohio.