All men are lobbyists.
Don’t hire any of them.
Be an army with actual
swagger. Be confident
enough to listen to anyone
& ignore almost everyone.
Make it all women.
I find no fault in naming
my gender a danger
& a novelty. I should
be given no extra con-
sideration. Not me.



About the Author: Darren C. Demaree is the author of seven poetry collections, most recently “A Fire Without Light” (2017, Nixes Mate Books). His eighth collection “Two Towns Over” was recently selected the winner of the Louise Bogan Award from Trio House Press, and is due out March 2018. 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.