Originally Published: December 14, 2008 9:17 p.m.
For generations, Paul Diemer knew his family shared a literary tradition of writing poetry and prose, so he compiled it for the masses.
Diemer, 75, recently published "From Whence We Came," an anthology of his poetry, and that of his mother and 12-year-old grandniece, writings by his sister, and more of his own essays and short stories.
His sister, Eleanor Diemer-Sieley, 72, contributes a great deal of historical writing on their hometown, which inspired the title.
Putting the book out on demand through e-publisher Exlibris.com, Diemer said the effort is a tribute to his mother, he credits as inspiring his love of poetry that started in high school and has continued since.
"She wrote poetry all her life until she died in 1970. She belonged to the Ohio Poetry Society, and always talked about how she wished she could publish her poetry someday," he said, adding that the book consists of poetry his mother wrote from 1920 until her death.
Diemer said the amount of poetry they compiled by their mother alone would have been enough to publish.
The project took about a year to complete, he said.
Both work from he and Eleanor span the years from 1951 through the present, though he said since he started the project, manuscript work has consumed him.
"My wife was about to throw the computer out of the window," he said.
His sister, a history buff, helped compile the book elaborates on the period of development from the first settler through the present day.
Other writings reflect on what it was like growing up on their family farm in Ohio in the '30s and '40s.
Diemer moved to Arizona in 1952 right after high school, he said.
Now living in Chino Valley, he worked as a chemist with a mining company in Bagdad, Ariz., until retiring in 1990.
"From Whence We Came" is available at Barnes & Nobles or through Amazon.com.
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