Friday, September 4, 2015

Upcoming Events

Upcoming readings, seminars and workshops scheduled as of June 30, 2016:

Wednesday, August 17, 2016
Reading at Gibson's Bookstore
Poetry Society of New Hampshire
Main Street, Concord, N.H.
7:00 p.m.

January -February 2017
Access to Contemporary Poetry
Six sessions, 10:45 a.m. Thursday mornings
Shepherd's Center of Greensboro, N.C.
Christ United Methodist Church
410 N. Holden Rd.
Greensboro, N.C.

May 2017
Twin Lakes Spring Poetry Festival
3701 Wade Coble Drive
Burlington, N.C.
10:00 a.m.

June 2017
Short Reading for Faculty
Wolfeboro Camp School
Wolfeboro, N.H.
9:00 a.m.

Saturday, June 24, 2017
Effingham Poetry Seminar
"Poets and the Notion of Home"
Effingham, N.H. Public Library
10:00 a.m.--2:00 p.m.

Recent events: Winter and Spring courses, Shepherd's Center, Greensboro, N.C. Effingham Seminar June 2015; readings at Gibson's Bookstore, Concord August 2015 and Moultonborough Library September 2015. Winter Shepherd's Center course 2016; Effingham workshop June 2016; reading at Hill Library, Ctr. Strafford, N.H. June 2016.

Friday, November 28, 2014

Demaree Poetry Programs

January 15--February 19, 2015
Access to Contemporary Poetry seminar
Shepherd's Center--Christ United Methodist Church
Greensboro, N.C.

Thursday, February 5, 2015
Ex Libris Book Club
Greensboro, N.C.

April--June 2015
Access to Contemporary Poetry seminars
Shepherd's Center--First Baptist Church
Greensboro, N.C.

Tuesday, June 23, 2015
Reading for Wolfeboro Camp School
Wolfeboro, N,.H.

Wednesday, August 19, 2015
Poetry Society of New Hampshire
Gibson's Bookstore

Monday, May 12, 2014


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 the 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 of diction 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.”---Barbara Bald, author of Drive-Through Window and Running on Empty.

Robert Demaree is the author of two book-length collections of poems, including Mileposts (2009), and two chapbooks; he has had almost 700 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.

Available from

Beech River Books

or from the author:
$13.00 plus $3.00 shipping &  handling
2080 Sullivan Park Circle
Burlington, NC 27215
(336) 584-3022
June through October:
PO Box 1314
Wolfeboro, NH 03894
(603) 569-1905


Friday, May 9  10:00 a.m.
Twin Lakes Community
Burlington, N.C.

Thursday, June 19  7:00 p.m.
Effingham Public Library
Effingham, N.H.

Monday, July 14    6:00 p.m.
Conway Library
Conway, N.H.

Tuesday, August 12  7:00 p.m.
Gibson's Bookstore
Concord, N.H.

Tuesday, August 26  7:00 p.m.
Wolfeboro Library
Wolfeboro, N.H.

Wednesday, September 10   6:30 p.m.
Water Street Books
Exeter, N.H.

Tuesday, October 7    7:30 p.m.
Moultonborough Library
Moultonborough, N.H.


January--February 2015
April--June 2015
Access to Contemporary Literature
Six-week classes, Shepherd's Center
Greensboro, N.C.

Wednesday, August 19, 2015
Poetry Society of New Hampshire
Gibson's Bookstore
Concord, N.H.
7:00 p.m.

"Detachable Collars" Places First in Gilman Library Contest

"Detachable Collars: Summer 1956" has received first place in the 2014 Poet's Tea Poetry Contest, sponsored by the Gilman Library in Farmington, N.H.


He had owned the laundry
Where I worked, summers of my college years,
Passed it on to a nephew
But would still come in
About ten o’clock
And walk around the steamy room,
Greeting the girls, he called them,
At the mangle, a flirtatious grin
For the one who took the third fold.
Then he would repair to his ancient, private press
And—slowly, carefully—finish
The detachable collars that a few
Fellow octogenarians still wore,
Weekly packages mailed from Biddeford, Maine.

Weary, he’d sit in the office,
Reading the Laundryman’s Journal,
Out of Joliet, Illinois,
And murmur, to no one in particular,
Heard only by the young bookkeeper,
Who did not have long to live,
As it happened,
So much work to get out, he sighed;
So much work.

He went quietly one August night.
That morning we took a few hours off,
Dale, the washman, and I,
Awkward in our only suits,
But came back in at two o’clock:

So much work to get out.