This was a man who laughed at poetry literary. He had his own personal way of expressing his poetry that came from his gut. He wasn’t interested in creating anthologies. Well – they once looked down on Patrick Kavanagh. Language evolves all the time and a poet of this kind will hopefully be embraced in the future.
His childhood ended dramatically when he was sent to Daingean industrial school, noted for its abuse of young people in its care. This experience had a powerful influence on his earlier poetry which expresses the fear and brutality of that time. His wife spoke on RTE about the effects the Ryan Report had on him. He was that sick and couldn’t take any more of it, that he had to dispense with the whole thing.