In Nightmares That Leave Grease Stains On VA Psych Ward Walls, Robert Bohm has given us something extraordinary: poems not merely about the posttraumatic stress that assaults so many of us in these times, but ones born from the guts of that posttraumatic stress. These are texts that take us into lived experience and allow us to know an enemy that can never be fully defeated. War, violence, abuse and most recently pandemic have made so many of us tragically familiar with PTSD. Yet Bohm’s poems are also strangely hopeful. Their ability to involve the reader and then release him or her lies in the poet’s attention to detail, to inner meaning and overall significance.
—Margaret Randall, author of Stormclouds Like Unkept Promises