whatever clothes are left strewn about the back porch or tossed into the yard those clothes are fair game to be chewed on by the deer that’s a family rule the children have repeated that rule to me when i leave a robe on the back of my chair



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.