Eston E. Roberts has published two books of poetry, a novel, and a non-fiction philosophy book. The poetry books are Daguerreotypes of People, Place, and Time and Poems of Purpose. The novel is entitled White in the Moon, and the philosophy book is Metamorphosos.
Eston was born in New Orleans, LA, in April, 1932. As a consequence of his father being a magazine salesman, the family, made three by the birth of a daughter and a sister, moved often, settling at last–minus a abandoning husband and father–in the small town of Damascus, GA, in the southwestern corner of the state.
Shortly after arriving there to live with relatives, Eston’s mother, Arthurlene Sutton Roberts, divorced Carl Daniel Roberts and married James C. West, a master of all trades and a small-time farmer. As a consequence, Eston was raised on a one-horse farm and introduced early to its hard-time rigors. When his step-father railed at him because of his continuous mess-ups, Eston’s response was always the same: “I don’t care. I’m not going to be a farmer anyway!” Needless to say, he ended up being a teacher of English!
Eston published his first poem, entitled “My Conscience,” in a Miller County weekly newspaper at nine years of age. He has subsequently published poems in a variety of publications and literary journals, but his mother contended to her dying day that it was the best poem he ever wrote. A poem firmly rooted in a Pentacostal upbringing, it bespoke his early interest in becoming a preacher–an ambition he pursued during his first two years at Berry College in Mount Berry, GA., but one he eventually abandoned as a consequence, among other things, of reading Tom Paine’s Common Sense.
In 1953, after receiving his Bachelor of Arts in English, Eston joined the U.S. Marine Corps. His reason for doing so is still unclear to him, but it undoubtedly had to do with testing his manhood and the fact that getting drafted was viewed in his home community as a sign of cowardice. His three years in the Corps are memorable to him because he learned there that only actions, not excuses, mattered. Learning how to accept responsibility for his actions–his creative alibiing made no difference there!–has come to play an important role in his philosophy of life and his poetry.
Upon discharge from the Marine Corps, Eston married Dorothy Herrington of Westfield, N.J., and enrolled in the University of North Carolina’s graduate school of English at Chapel Hill. After four years there–interrupted by a catastrophic year of teaching English in a New Jersey high school–he accepted employment at Brevard College as dean of men and instructor in English. Seven- teen years later–the father of five children, divorced, and needing to escape what he perceived as a torturous existence–he accepted employment with the Telamon Corporation in Raleigh, NC., serving as Coordinator of their Youth Employment and Training Program. After five years there, he accepted the position of counselor at Wilson OIC in Wilson, NC. He counts those nine years as among the most meaningful learning experiences of his working life, having accumulated knowedge there that figured heavily in his philosophical novel, White In The Moon, also published by Xlibris.
Now retired and engaged at long last in fulltime writing, Eston lives in a little red cabin by the side of the road and entertains the idea of truly being a friend to man.