by Roberto Lee
Heggies is an anthology of poems and songs that represent a lifetime of achievement, from rhythms and melodies embedded in the mind of author Roberto Lee, who takes his title from an expression used by the kids, mostly black, from the Harlem and Bedford-Sty when trying to get each other to share something good. If one said “no heggies” before you said “heggies,” he didn’t have to share. It didn’t matter if you knew each other; it was the code of city kids.
Throughout his life, Lee has reflected on civil rights and social inequities. He has observed the beauty and the ugliness in the world. The arts, education, sports are important to him. He has lasted through two failed marriages and watched his successful third marriage end as his wife, Hermie, succumbed to breast cancer.
Lee writes of these things from the concept of Heggies: It’s his way to be positive about wanting some of the good things from the contrasts of his life’s experiences.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Roberto Lee was born in Wilmington, North Carolina, in 1942; his parents took him to New York City, where he was raised in Brooklyn, The Bronx, and Harlem. After his 1960 high-school graduation, he joined the United States Air Force and was assigned to Alaska, where he began taking college courses. After two years, he was rotated to Washington, D.C. He retired as a federal government civil-service employee in 1994.
Lee has been saving notes and ideas since he was a teenager, most of them inspired by an experience or specific event. The result is Heggies. He is currently working on his autobiography, tentatively titled, What It Was.
(2005, paperback, 122 pages)
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