Our Fragile Dreams
Selected Poems (2004–2017)
About the Book
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.
About the Author
Johnny Perrem has recently retired, having held several senior leadership roles in the pharmaceutical and medical diagnostic industries over a period of thirty-five years. He grew up in a large family of eleven children living in various places mainly in the west of Ireland. His Anglo Irish father was detached and unemotional and his mother was a loving, complicated but troubled soul. He migrated from spreadsheets to writing poetry following the sudden death of his brother in 2003. His ongoing battles with cancer has provided him with a particular perspective of life, love and death. He enjoys life, music and comedy.