The Bogmans Cannon is delighted to see one of our favourite poets Connie Roberts get the shout out she so richly deserves from the New York Times.
“Connie Roberts endured a harsh childhood in Ireland, including an abusive father and a dozen years in a bleak Irish orphanage. Now, in a near-miraculous transformation, she is an adjunct assistant professor at Hofstra University in Hempstead, the mother of an 11-year-old son, and the author of “Little Witness,” a book of poetry published this year by Arlen House, a literary press in Dublin.
“I’m the little witness,” Ms. Roberts, 52, said in an interview in the parlor of a Hofstra building. In her book’s title poem, she writes about a time her father picked up a baby — one of her 14 siblings — by the ankles and beat “the stuffing out of it….”