Darren C. Demaree
is the author of fourteen poetry collections, most recently “Unfinished Murder Ballads”, (November 2020, Backlash Press). 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.
EMILY AS OUR POEMS ABOUT THE END OF THE WORLD GROW MORE DESPERATE FOR THE END OF THE WORLD
This is true. We adopted a fox
that was hit by a car in front
of our neighbor’s house. The dogs
want to love the fox the same
way they love each other, but none
of them can calm themselves
enough to let the fox be healed
completely. So, I change the dressing
of the fox’s wound every morning.
I feed the fox after I feed the dogs.
There is too much jealousy to do it any
other way. We’ve had three letters
written to us by the neighborhood
watch group underlining their worry
that a healthy fox will raid their chicken
coops. This is one of those streets.
It’s mostly white people caring
about their animals too much
to care about the fires in the capitol.
I dream almost nightly about eating
their chickens. Even my teeth
are marching in the wrong place.