Darren Demaree

Emily As A Full Clip

Cobra by Stephen Randall

All of our rhetoric
is gun rhetoric now.
Our vernacular

is mostly lead.
Emily as this sort
of metaphor

is a blessing,
is dangerous only
if I’ve been drinking.


About the writer:
Darren Demaree’s poems have appeared, or are scheduled to appear in numerous magazines and journals, including Diode, Meridian, New Letters, Diagram, and the Colorado Review. He is the author of eight poetry collections, most recently Two Towns Over (March 2018), which was selected as the winner of the Louise Bogan Award by Trio House Press. Demaree is Managing Editor of the Best of the Net Anthology and Ovenbird Poetry.

Image: Cobra by Stephen Randall. Batik on unspecified carrier. No size specified. 1968. U.S. Army Combat Art Program. Public domain.