I know most of Ohio wants him to make the world like most of Ohio, but I’m telling
you that most of Ohio is dead. There are dead men still running on anger and
racism. There are dead women kept on budgets by those angry and fearful men.
We have universities, but nobody thinks about islands when they live in a land
without tides. I have a dozen relatives that consider Trump a fever dream of a
president. This is the first time any of them have experienced a real high.
They’re not handling it well. They keep threatening me. I’m not handling it well.
I’ve been sober long enough I could help them, but I’m not there yet. I want them
to have to carry this time in their lives. I want them to realize they’re going to
have to lie to their grandchildren about it.
Darren C Demaree’s poems have appeared, or are scheduled to appear, in numerous magazines and journals, including the South Dakota Review, Meridian, New Letters, Diagram, and the Colorado Review.
He is the author of six poetry collections, most recently “Many Full Hands Applauding Inelegantly” (2016, 8th House Publishing). 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.