Emily As a Fifth Tattoo


The spell

& form

of Emily


is no longer




& when I

didn’t fidget

at all


as the needle


into my ribs,


Eddie said

my skin was

really soaking


her up

this time.  He

was impressed


by Emily, her

dark math,

her mining


of my body

that rejoiced

in being


an element

found to be

possible heat.



Emily As a Correlative Truth


Emily is Emily

because I am

me. She would


be a different

Emily without

me. That Emily


would be better,

but far less

important to


the Emily in

this poem that

exists beyond


this poem.

Emily is Emily,

but that is


a certainty

based on Emily

& based on me.


by Darren Demaree


Darren’s 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. He is 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). Darren is Managing Editor of the Best of the Net Anthology.

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