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A German-born UK national, Rose Mary Boehm lives and works in Lima, Peru. Author of two novels and ‘Tangents’, a full-length poetry collection published in the UK in 2010/2011, her work has been widely published in US poetry journals (online and print). She was three times winner of the now defunct Goodreads monthly competition and has twice been nominated for a Pushcart. Her latest five poetry collections: ‘From the Ruhr to Somewhere Near Dresden 1939-1949: A Child’s Journey’; ‘Peru Blues or Lady Gaga Won’t Be Back’; ‘The Rain Girl’; ‘Do Oceans Have Underwater Borders?’; and ‘Whistling in the Dark’. Her latest collection ‘Saudade’, has been published by Kelsey Books in December 2022. Her eighth manuscript, 'Life Stuff', has been scheduled - again by Kelsay Books - for February 2024.
WWII through the eyes of a child
"Written from the perspective of a child in World War II, Germany, these poems illuminate how life can proceed despite bombs, shelters, fear and privation. Rose Boehm's poetry is both informative and lyrical; her book a genuine delight."
---Joan Colby, US, widely published poet
Peru Blues or Lady Gaga Won't Be Back
"Peru becomes a home of enchantment and dread in Rose Mary Boehm's collection. She writes poetry that will definitely unsettle those who prefer the predictable and easy. Her poems take the reader from the lyrical, sarcastic, to the political – all of them achingly moving or disturbing. Yet Boehm maintains an inquisitive eye that is the door to wonder. She will take you to a world that may never be the same again, a lush world of hurt marked with small triumphs of humanity. "
—Jim Pascual Agustin, author of ‘Alien to Any Skin’, ‘Sound Before Water’, and ‘A Thousand Eyes’ among others
The Rain Girl
"This is a book about the stuff of being a human being, in all its pain, glory, depth, and joy. Boehm explores love and hate, sex, family, vice, war, immigration, and faith...she casts a wide net and ends up with a good catch. This is unvarnished truth that helps us face up to who we are. She uses language as a paint brush. And what a wonderful painting it becomes."
--- Robert Strickland, Poet, Musician
Review by Alan Catlin, Misfit Magazine
Rose Mary Boehm, The Rain Girl, Chaffinch Press, Ireland, 2020, 105 pages no price
Rose Mary is an international poet of distinction as her previous collections and wide publication both here, and abroad, amply show. Therefore it is unsurprising that her work embraces a multitude of subjects. And not just any subject, but large ones, including, but not limited to, immigration, escape from oppression, Diaspora, life as a refugee and violence against women. Imagery is often startling with unsettling associations as an early poem,
quoted in full shows,
(DO CLICK ON READ MORE and scoll down to THE RAIN GIRL)
It's on Amazon!
My fifth poetry collection is called 'DO OCEANS HAVE UNDERWATER BORDERS? - poems from a sun-bleached folder. And here is what George Bilgere, Ruth Bavetta, and Alan Catlin had to say about it... click on 'Read More'
WHISTLING IN THE DARK
My very latest collection of poetry (the sixth) can also be found on Amazon.
Part 1, IMPONDERABLES, are speculative poems as well as thoughts about religion.
Part 2, EMBERS, are poems about feelings, memories, and touches of nostalgia.
Read a selection to whet your appetite. Click on 'Read More' for a generous preview.
is a Portuguese word for so many things that it doesn't really have a translation. In order to explain it, you have to 'write around it'. A rich word from a rich language. My title poem is trying to explain 'SAUDADE', the other poems in the book are expressions of some form of 'saudade'. Click on 'read more'. You'll find what other poets/editors had to say about it.
SAUDADE is my seventh poetry collection and, of course, you find it on Amazon.
This brilliant collection speaks candidly about living in the final stretch of one’s time. Rose writes about aging, the pending inevitable, the changing world, friendship and family, the meaning of home. She meanders down memory lane, from Peru to Paris to Spain to Germany. She recalls childhood and harrowing experiences of tyranny and war, in the same scrapbook as motherhood and love and the wonders of people and nature. These gorgeous poems speak about regrets and losses with rare honesty. In a way, this collection from a prolific and gifted writer is her love letter to us, something for us to keep, to keep her close. This is a writer who knows that the darkness and most painful parts of life hold as much wealth as the sweetest. And this is her magnum opus.
Lorette C. Luzajic, editor, The Ekphrastic Review, author, The Rope Artist, Winter in June