Poetry: Without Applause

Issue 2.1

by Darren Demaree

The all-bruise
doesn’t fade
as it’s the context

& the hymns
of the arcade
that constantly

push against
the already risen
blood. To be broken

& to have that
breaking known
publicly is to be

fated, is to be
prematurely swallowed
by the fates

& when it comes, that
one time the user
doesn’t use,

nobody put their hands
together for that
moment.

They should.
That is a mountain
risen, but refusing

to touch the blue
of the sky
that looks so warm.


Darren Demaree‘s poems have appeared, or are scheduled to appear in numerous magazines/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), and he is the Managing Editor of the Best of the Net Anthology and Ovenbird Poetry.

Published by

Alexandra Stanislaw

Alexandra Stanislaw is the Editor-In-Chief and founder of Devise Literary. She is also an Assistant Editor for Hotel Amerika. Her work appears in Crab Fat Magazine ("The Good Friend" and "Tampa Raised You Up"), Ragazine, and Chicago Review of Books.

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