There are no real lakes in Ohio. We are a people vulnerable enough to create fresh pools to build large houses around & call them waterfront. Those fucking jet skis. Such an old-man sort of silence. None at all. I won’t piss in a river, but if you invite me to Apple Valley I will eat asparagus first.
Darren C. Demaree is the author of sixteen poetry collections, most recently “a child walks in the dark”, (Harbor Editions, November 2021). He is the recipient of a 2018 Ohio Arts Council Individual Excellence Award, the Louise Bogan Award from Trio House Press, and the Nancy Dew Taylor Award from Emrys Journal. He is the Editor-in-Chief of the Best of the Net Anthology and the Managing Editor of Ovenbird Poetry. He is currently living in Columbus, Ohio with his wife and children.