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Emily As Sometimes the Forest Wants the Fire

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Darren C. Demaree is a graduate of the College of Wooster, Miami University (MA), and Kent State University (MLIS). 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 Managing Editor of the Best of the Net Anthology and Ovenbird Poetry. He is ...more
Paperback, 128 pages
Published May 23rd 2019 by Harpoon Books
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Suzanna Anderson
Apr 25, 2020 rated it really liked it
The dedication of Darren's Emily As Sometimes the Forest Wants the Fire is to Emily, "a woman too beautiful and interesting to ever lose my attention." In "Emily as A Mango Hitting the Ground" the speaker imagines Emily falling from the tree and "...such a fall bruises deeply" and "I am sorry / I did my best to imagine / a way for you to be unscathed / or cradled in good context. / I failed to simply catch you" (3). Darren also brings in humor for "Emily as I Hold Three of Her Shoes:"

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Barton Smock
Jun 05, 2019 rated it it was amazing
If god were here, above this pool in backyard Ohio, I think he’d write with wasp. I say this as the imagined part-owner of a disembodied worry as gifted to any who might look up from Darren C. Demaree’s Emily As Sometimes the Forest Wants the Fire and feel a sort of third-wheel holiness in the running of a blood that sobers itself alongside Demaree’s converging of absence with artifact. As partnership may absolve loneliness of secretly playing tag and as shadow makes a lost feast for long animal ...more
MorgyyReads
Mar 25, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: poetry, read-in-2020
4.75/5 Stars

I honestly am just a nitpicky person when it comes to poetry. There were some small editing/grammatical errors I found and I had just a small issue with the overall flow of this collection but regardless of those little things, this collection is absolutely phenomenal. The poems are gorgeous and poignant and this entire collection really does read like one massive love poem. You can feel everything that Demaree feels without him having to hold your hand and coax you through the poems
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Jan Stinchcomb
Jun 24, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I've been waiting a long time for this book of Emily poems, and I think I'm going to return to it often in the coming years. Love, marriage, addiction, parenthood––it's all here, in this collection that redefines the very notion of the muse. Demaree is a poet who plays metaphor for all it's worth, taking it, and us, to places we have never imagined. ...more
Lexi
Jul 27, 2019 rated it it was amazing
A lovely book of poetry. This book is sweetly, comfortably honest. The author was able to convey his devotion without coming off as obsessed or desperate. This book makes me think marriage might actually be a good idea.
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