by Darren C. Demaree

The other time I stood
naked on my front porch
I was very drunk
& very much in need
of an audience
& another drink
& since I am here, again
naked on the front porch
I must need an audience.
Or I am presenting
the sober, healthy version
to the passersby.  I suppose
I want them to know
how well I’m doing now,
what that looks like.


Darren C. Demaree is the author of five collections of poetry
including, most recently,
The Pony Governor from After the Pause
Press and
Not For Art Nor Prayer from 8th House Publishing.  
Individual poems have appeared or are forthcoming in numerous
journals including the
South Dakota Review, Meridian, The
Louisville Review
, Diagram, and the Colorado Review.  
Demaree is the Managing Editor of the Best of the Net Anthology.  
He currently lives in Columbus, Ohio.  

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Apple Valley Review:
A Journal of Contemporary

ISSN 1931-3888

Volume 10, Number 2
(Fall 2015)

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