for Michael Garrigan


Any circumference

can ring

with a fastening song


that grows

from the sugar,

from the intention


to use the sugar

in the old ways.

You don’t have


to understand the physics

to understand

that some trays


can carry the divide

between us

& the heavens


& some some some

can brings us tongue

to tin to belief


with only one piece

of the puzzle, one piece

of the right pie.

Darren Demaree’s poems have appeared, or are scheduled to appear in numerous magazines/journals, including Hotel Amerika, Diode, North American Review, New Letters, Diagram, and the Colorado Review.

Demaree is the author of eleven poetry collections, most recently "Emily As Sometimes the Forest Wants the Fire" (June 2019), which will be published by Harpoon Books. He is the Managing Editor of the Best of the Net Anthology and Ovenbird Poetry.

He currently lives and writes in Columbus, Ohio with his wife and children.