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Two Towns Over

4.43  ·  Rating details ·  7 ratings  ·  3 reviews
Winner of the 2017 Louise Bogan Award.

"It is not hyperbole to call Darren Demaree's Two Towns Over a game-changer. In these dazzling, risk-taking poems, Demaree drags us through the small towns of Ohio, towns ravaged by drugs: 'They are taking/ all of Ohio. It's a burial/ of the living.' This Ohio has been poisoned grotesque, and yet, thanks to this poet's empathetic eye a
Paperback, 67 pages
Published March 22nd 2018 by Trio House Press
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May 09, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: poetry, keeper-shelf
These short sparse lines demand that we look at the opioid addiction problem in rural Ohio. There are hilarious, painful, and odd moments. The book is both fun to read and heartbreaking. It's rare to see an author deal so lightly with such a heavy issue. I was hooked from the first poem on.

"There have been so many Ohioans
eaten from the inside out
that I've been forced

to re-think exactly what these drugs
are in our world. They are wolves.
We've been raised by them."
Aug 19, 2018 rated it it was amazing
A gorgeous collection.
Lauren Dostal
Apr 08, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: independants, poetry
“Love requires/ more than meth/ & four pizza pies.”

I got to hear Darren read some of his work about a month ago, and it really affected me. His work contains a subtle power, undermining preconceptions and nailing down the heart of addiction with raw honesty and dark humor.

“The body/ count is the same/ as what it would take/ to remove the context/ of the stars in the sky.”

The cohesion of the pieces make it a quick but very moving work. Recommended.
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