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Emily As Sometimes the Forest Wants the Fire
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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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 ...more
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.