This is Johnny Perrem's first publication. These poems were written between 2004 and 2017. The subject matter covers a broad range of topics: his parents; some of his eleven siblings (both alive and deceased); his wife, Bernadette; his children, Nathan and Lucy; and his granddaughters Nessa and Elizabeth, both born about one year ago. His experiences in and feelings about fighting several cancers (four) are explored. Some are reflections about previous relationships with special women over the years since his youth. He describes his thoughts and feelings about a few friends and his eldest stepdaughter, Aoife. A few deal with political events.
While many of the themes in Perrem’s poetry are universally experienced feelings (fear, uncertainty, love, loss, death, depression, etc.), they are presented as singular events focused on the microcosm of his own family and social sphere, leaving readers searching for a connection to the pieces that never manifests. Many poems are addressed to specific people regarding certain timelines or events ( ...
Our Fragile Dreams is a fast and pleasant read. While unlikely to find a broader audience outside of the author’s personal circle, the collection is sure to be a treasured time capsule of a life well-lived for those who have known and loved the author well.
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