bless the skin of the fruit bless what fills the fruit bless the seeds that sneak out too early to become crop none of this is sorrow please please please none of this is sorrow beauty is a language with a body all bodies are consumed



DARREN C. DEMAREE is the author of eight poetry collections, most recently Two Towns Over, which was selected the winner of the Louise Bogan Award from Trio House Press. He is the recipient of a 2018 Ohio Arts Council Individual Excellence Award, 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.