Review of Many Full Hands Applauding Inelegantly (Darren C. Demaree)

Demaree’s newest installment to his ouvre continues to cement his place as a modern poetic stylist who dare not be ignored. No other poet so seamlessly weaves pathos and purposively abstract prescience into carefully weighted stanzas as this man. In a sea of endlessly beautiful poetry, each instance procures something worth quoting.

To Be Read, and Reread, and Reread

As with his other collections, each poem forms a singularity made great by its brethren placed before and after. It reads almost novel-like in its development of theme and expression and while each is excellent individually they are deeply moving when taken together. It deserves your sit-down time in an armchair, read all at once, and then multiple times after.

For example, this:

“We are precious now, because we are / nothing. What was, and still is true, / has been part of our sound for all time.”

And this, whose lineage resonates throughout the manuscript:

“Raise your voice one time

before you die, do it, men,

in praise of a stranger


attempting to do what

you did. You were tide.

You loved a vague moon.”


Demaree puts the reader in the driver’s seat of emotional intuitiveness. He grasps to understand the world in a linguisticism bent enough beyond literal to become poetic without inducing catatonia as some poets might. This, alongside his residual body of work, is another instance of Demaree raising his voice (yet somehow calmly, without abrasion) above the crowd to share something worthwhile. It is upon us, as readers, to cherish such lyricism when it comes along.

Many Full Hands Applauding Inelegantly is published by 8th House Publishing and set to be released in November/December.


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