Posts by darrendemaree

Emily as the Lavender Irises Burst

By on May 26, 2019 in Poetry | Comments Off

Cedar-bound & watching the sky lose a battle to Emily’s carving, I am lightning working a way through the wood & chasing her colors as they take over the night.

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Emily as if It is Mercy

By on Apr 27, 2013 in Poetry | Comments Off

          Bucket fair, as in as much fairness as one bucket can hold,            the parts of me that slosh around have been contained by Emily            & her strength of arm, her patience above the well, to not dip or dump             the bucket in the returning dark, is verse, is hymn, is mercy.              If she would only back away from the narrowing liquid              that once took my...

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For my Student on the Question to Stay a Man

By on Apr 5, 2013 in Poetry | Comments Off

Spoiled with comfort, yet unquestioned in so much as my own sexual targets & only at war with my penis in so far as the process of aging, I was rocked back by a student who asked, not about a personal narrative essay, but about his personhood, the choice of his gender, the roaming, the rolling of where his heart stood, weak-ankled, always falling, never sure of a landing. He didn’t even really want to decide anything. He just wanted calm. I spoke or did my best to speak about love, about sex and changing desires, about how certainly the pressure he felt to choose one thing was...

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A Bare Fist of Snow

By on Feb 3, 2013 in Poetry | Comments Off

Winter’s history, the lion never showed, the skin took the brunt of numbing.

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