Anyone familiar with autism knows that it consists of a devastating spectrum of developmental disorders that affect a child’s ability to learn, communicate and socialize. Connie Post’s And When the Sun Drops relates the tale of one mother’s experience of her son’s autism. In “By the Window,” the speaker addresses her son about “…the dawning of other worlds / of prisms that would take you from us / that would take language from you”. Post’s poems are focused, direct and unyielding. Her language expresses strong sentiment, but never descends into sentimentality, allowing the reader to feel authentic emotions. I shed more than a few tears over these beautifully wrought, honest poems. This collection is for anyone who desires to, as Post puts it, “…make an origami out of / any shape of loss / and make it somehow / feel like gratitude”.
Lana Hechtman Ayers, author of A New Red
Publisher of Concrete Wolf Poetry Chapbook Series”