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Poetry No. 76 – Darren C. Demaree

goat with big horn

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in defense of the goat that continues to wander towards the certain doom of the cliff #45

by Darren C. Demaree

the rule follows the fear the fear
follows the misinterpretation
the misinterpretation follows
the meaning of human existence
the meaning of human existence
is a false flag operation be with
the deer be with the ten thousand
birds native to the cliff encourage
the goat encourage life to run
rampant the results of each mistake
made when you are with deer
with birds the goat are the wind


Darren C. Demaree is the author of seventeen poetry collections, most recently “clawing at the grounded moon”, (April Gloaming, forthcoming in August 2022). 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.

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