not every dark outline is shore

Darren C. Demaree

i told my children not every dark outline is shore but you’re swimmers so that shouldn’t matter as much as how strong you are that shouldn’t matter if shock by shock you transfer the energy the spark you were somehow born with amidst all these changing tides besides no one in your family has ever stood on the beach before so you should go wide with your body float when you need to and rise quickly if it looks like the whole ocean is coming for you


Darren C. Demaree is the author of seven poetry collections, most recently A Fire Without Light (2017, Nixes Mate Books).  His eighth collection Two Towns Over was recently selected the winner of the Louise Bogan Award from Trio House Press, and is due out March 2018.  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.

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