in defense of the goat that continues to wander towards the certain doom of the cliff #19

Darren C. Demaree


there is no reason to assume the languages
will fail us look into the eyes of the living
it’s discovery every time that won’t dampen
or disqualify the explicitly of this world
the only part of this that has no meaning
is the business part of this if we must be used
let us be used by something with eyes
a breathing focus the reclamation of the shore
the profanity of joy the everything for nothing
hold the motion of this world in your cheek
try not to weep every father is blind move
away it’s necessary to leave death as a man



Darren C. Demaree is the author of sixteen poetry collections, most recently a child walks in the dark (Harbor Editions, December 2021). 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. 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.