Demaree, Darren C. Emily as Sometimes the Forest Wants the Fire: Emily Poems 2006-2018. Harpoon Books, 2019.
—–The book is dedicated to Emily: “A woman too beautiful and interesting to ever lose my attention.” This sentiment fills the pages. Each poem paints a delightful portrait, framing Emily in beauty and love. We see her through the metaphor, we see the author through his adoration, and we love them for their passion.
—–The poems aren’t always clear. A word or phrase cuts the line of thought, leaving you confused and dangling. You turn the poems over and over in your mind searching for their meanings, trying to recapture the images they started to build. Many never become clear. But there are flashes of delight and joy. It’s worth searching for those gems—searching for Emily.
9 March 2020