NOT FOR ART NOR PRAYER by Darren C. Demaree
5. 5 x 8.5 | 90 pages | ISBN 978-1-926716-35-0 (pbk.) | Softcover
PRAISE FOR 'NOT FOR ART NOR PRAYER'
...artful and prayerful... In clear, crisply nuanced lines, Demaree gives praise to small quirky moments, to ordinary human exchanges, to the miracles of quotidian love, to Wednesdays, to Ohio... ...these generously attentive and marvelously whimsical poems repeatedly resist sleight-of-hand poetic transubstantiation, while slyly acknowledging the inevitably transformative nature of language.
-Lee Ann Roripaugh, Author of Dandarians
Darren C. Demaree's Not for Art nor Prayer moves deftly through coming-of-age, marriage, and young fatherhood in poems of praise and devotion.There is a poem for the server at a hometown dive, a poem for the teething child, and a series of love poems that is at once refreshingly playful and deeply felt. Then again, these are all love poems: poems that love by giving attention, by being sensitive and generous to their subjects. There is art here in Demaree's fourth collection, yes, and prayer.
-Maggie Smith, Author of The Well Speaks of Its Own Poison
Darren C. Demaree's new collection Not for Art nor Prayer is a crash course in badass alchemy, in concision and razor wire. Built from five discrete sections that bleed through each other, these poems gallop & salivate, these poems roar through their quiet deftness on the page. Congratulations for picking up this book, you're in for quite a ride.
_ - Sam Sax, author of "sad boy / detective"
5. 5 x 8.5 | 90 pages | ISBN 978-1-926716-35-0 (pbk.) | $15.88