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  November 2017
volume 14 number 2
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Darren C Demaree
November 2017



art by mauricio alejandro ramos

    "My poems have appeared, or are scheduled to appear in numerous magazines/journals, including the South Dakota Review, Meridian, The Louisville Review, Diagram, and the Colorado Review."
    "I am the author of As We Refer To Our Bodies (2013, 8th House), Temporary Champions (2014, Main Street Rag), The Pony Governor (2015, After the Pause Press), and Not For Art Nor Prayer (2015, 8th House)."
    "I am the Managing Editor of the Best of the Net Anthology (Sundress Publications). I am currently living and writing in Columbus, Ohio with my wife and children."



Trump as a Fire Without Light #325

Bark and saw, I read the phrase “peaceful ethnic cleansing” today, and I lost my posture for a second. I crawled into my own heart and I died for a second. I went into the basement to look at all of my own secrets that I always manage to metaphor into something awake yet still hidden, and I pulled them down around me. I stood up on the unfinished floor, and I felt my muscles tighten against the air of the idea of any cleansing. I kicked at my own mess a bit. Some men, some ideas of men, should be buried at sea while they’re still living. I cannot advocate any violence, but at a certain point wouldn’t it be self-defense? I had to remove whole parts of my person to live in the world I wanted to, and I suppose that was a needed violence I took part in. I am alive as a partial person. I am better as a partial person. I suppose some people are lost completely, and cannot be saved.

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