Emily As A Great Sadness

The house looks the same
whether Emily
is in it or not.

Fuck the house.
It should know better
than to be brick all the time.

It should know sinkings
& how much she does
to keep us above ground.

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Darren C. Demaree is the author of sixteen poetry collections, most recently "a child walks in the dark", (December 2021, Harbor Editions).  He is the recipient of an Ohio Arts Council Individual Excellence Award, the Louise Bogan Award from Trio House Press, and the Nancy Dew Taylor Award from Emrys Journal.
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