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November 10, 2017 / barton smock

{review of Darren C Demaree’s ~ Many Full Hands Applauding Inelegantly ~}


Many Full Hands Applauding Inelegantly
Darren C. Demaree, poems
8th House Publishing, 2016


review by Barton Smock


Covered in the inscriptions of bizarre
timing…’ – from A Violent Sound in Almost Every Place #104

If today is the day
to walk towards
the sad, diverted

questions…’ – from All the Birds Are Leaving #35

Darren C. Demaree is a poet who carries in him a gentle tirelessness. He seems, by the worried exuberance of his verse, to want to know where he is that he might calm the distance in others. Audience is the loneliness he’s assigned himself. He recently signed a book of his for me and added: in Ohio in 2017. That book was, is, Many Full Hands Applauding Inelegantly. It is a book of both homage and future. A frantically pastoral book that moves as if each carousel horse could have…

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