Debut Irish Poet Connie Roberts lauded in The New York Times


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….”

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Read Connie’s  stunning poem Inheritance, published by The Bogmans Cannon, here

Buy Little Witness here