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Book Review: Two Towns Over: Poems by Darren C. Demaree

Darren C. Demaree’s Two Towns Over is an introspective illustration of drug culture in the American Midwest. Erratically, the poet exposes his reader to literal, sentimental and introspective illustrations of a lifestyle and environment that are totally controlled by hedonism and psychoactive substances.

While much of the imagery is grotesque and enticing to the senses, monotony is one of the most notable characteristics throughout Two Towns Over. It often feels as if Demaree communicates the same sentiment better in a couple of short stanzas than he does in multiple poems. Filled with structural and linguistic experimentation that is often hit or miss, various pieces, such as a majority of the poems with the title “Sweet Wolf”, feel gimmicky or uninspired. This monotony offers a literary simulation of the futility and frustration the nameless residents of the work’s Ohio townships are constantly battling. Continue reading

Poetry by Darren C. Demaree

EMILY AS WE SCARE THE BIRDS

 

We are the un-

knowability of the wind.

Our song terrorizes

 

the possibility of simple

love in simple trees

with simple nests.

 

This is why

our children can’t fly.

They’re lovely,

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