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4.56 of 5 stars 4.56  ·  rating details  ·  9 ratings  ·  5 reviews
A selection of delightful poems - moving, thoughtful, sometimes irreverent... It picks out moments of sorrow, of joy, or contemplates life's surprising diversity and subtle shadings. Each poem in TANGENTS opens a different window on a moment in time and the gifts it brings us.
Paperback, 88 pages
Published March 4th 2011 by Black Leaf Publishing
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Rob the Obscure
There are some really pleasant poems in this collection by my friend Rose. She delves into all manner of life experiences here, and makes us think about them in ways we haven't before, with eye-catching images, odd combinations, and effective brevity. Here's an example; in the light of recent weather tragedies, this little picture of of the line between mental stability and instability catches our attention. Notice the provocative ending and its multiple levels of meaning and innuendo:

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Kelley White
In Tangents Rose Mary Boehm speaks with the mature voice of a world-traveler, at home and adept in multiple cultures. She is an artist, ready, like her memorable character ‘Miss Worthington,’ to ‘catch the firebird/and torch old customs’ and then present something new-formed from the old, bringing our eyes into focus on wonder or hurt. Boehm’s poems draw on a vocabulary informed by a variety of cultures, idioms, and many languages. She has a way of capturing the moment in a few words, whether br ...more
Joan Colby
Review by Joan Colby

This first collection of poems by Rose Mary Boehm exhibits a voice that is frank, congenial and compassionate. There’s nothing artificial or affected in these inviting poems.

Boehm has a knack for capturing the riveting phrase. In Tangents: “You paint my black a darker shade of bright.” Abundance: “a fish-eye vision of a face my mother chose to use when she was here.” Miss Worthington: “winter’s crystal hands…brittled her resolve.” Good Friday in Spain: “anonymous faith hides
I'm always impressed by how many wonderful poets are out there who are not yet famous. Rose is one of them.
Rose Boehm
Sep 27, 2011 Rose Boehm rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  (Review from the author)
Brilliant, of course!
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After many years spent in pursuit of mammon in the corporate world, Rose Mary Boehm finally graduated to what she was born to do: full-time writing. A German-born British national, she settled with her second husband in Lima, Peru.

Apart from novels, she writes short stories and poetry. Her first two novels, COMING UP FOR AIR and its sequel, THE TELLING, are available in all good online book store
More about Rose Mary Boehm...
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