After Labor Day Poems
In his third book-length collection, Robert Demaree returns to the Lakes Region of New Hampshire,to the place and time of life he calls "Golden Pines," and to other stops along the way. Now, as shadows begin to lengthen, he shows us again the bittersweet, ironic poetry located in experiences of everyday living, which critics and editors have found imbued with a quiet wisdom, patient precision, a gift for describing the rituals of place, a mastery ofdiction and voice, and an art that presents a briefly stable moment in delicate relief, poems in which we feel at home, that demand further consideration.
"Bob Demaree speaks not only with the wisdom of age, but with the wisdom of the ages. He sees beneath the joys and sorrows of this being human and is able to capture the essence of it in one-liners you rarely expect. Whether he's closing up a cottage on the lake, attending a friend's funeral or watching his grandchildren learn to paddle a kayak, his words place you precisely wherever there is and make you feel it. The tenor of his writing, like the accuracy of Cupid's arrows, rarely misses hitting the heart."
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$12.95 / paperback / 89 pages / 5-1/2 in. (w) by 8-1/2 in. (h)
Beech River Books / 2014 / ISBN 978-0-9839367-7-0.
Robert Demaree is the author of three collections of poems, including Mileposts (2009) and two chapbooks. He has had over 650 poems published or accepted by more than 150 periodicals. A retired school administrator with ties to North Carolina, Pennsylvania, and New Hampshire, he has also written a history of Greensboro Day School.