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Robert Demaree

Robert Demaree

Robert Demaree was born in Pennsylvania and retired in 2001 after forty-two years as a teacher and administrator in schools in Georgia, Virginia, Louisiana and North Carolina. He has spent parts of virtually every summer since 1947 in New Hampshire, and so he has always been interested in what Donald Hall calls "a pleasure of place."

Demaree served as Headmaster of Southfield School in Shreveport, Louisiana, for seven years, and from 1985 to 2001 at Greensboro Day School, as Upper School Director and Director of College Guidance, Financial Aid and Publications. Named Teacher of the Year in 1969 by the Georgia Classical and Modern Foreign Language Association, Bob has served as a member of the Latin Achievement Committee of the College Entrance Examining Board and on the Executive Board of the National Association for College Admission Counseling. He is the author of Lo, Hearts Behold: A History of Greensboro Day School, two collections of poems, a number of articles in educational journals, and more than 400 poems published or accepted by more than 100 periodicals.

Bob and Martha, his wife of more than forty years, reside in Burlington, North Carolina, and Wolfeboro, New Hampshire. They have two children and five grandchildren.

Fathers and Teachers (Beech River Books, 2007) is a collection of poems that deal with a variety of subjects, from a daughter's graduation to a young man's funeral, from Louisiana, forlorn after Hurricane Katrina, to the pristine woods and lakes of New Hampshire, where he lives five months of the year. Robert Demaree takes us to the places and events of shared experience in verse that is ironic, bittersweet, and always accessible.

Mileposts (Beech River Books, 2009) concerns the place and time of life Demaree refers to as Golden Pines. In these poems, he also takes us back to the Lakes Region of New Hampshire, whose mythic woods and meadows informed Fathers and Teachers. In the experiences of everyday living, he finds a poetry that is ironic, bittersweet, and always accessible, but which (as John-Michael Albert, editor of the 2008 and 2010 editions of the Poets' Guide to New Hampshire notes) "demands further consideration."

 

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