IF/IN #3

by Darren C. Demaree

everybody knew everybody saw everybody saw

the supremacy

as supremacy the wave that tucks

into itself instead of being delivered

to the beach

to deliver shells to the beach to rush

our children's feet

& nothing nothing nothing comes

& we know the ocean keeps keeps


Darren C. Demaree is the author of ten poetry collections, most recently “Lady, You Shot Me”, which was published by 8th House Publishing.  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 Managing Editor of the Best of the Net Anthology and Ovenbird Poetry.  He is currently living in Columbus, Ohio with his wife and children.