Far from Luck

Far from Luck

by Charles O'Hay


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At the crossroads where the Great Depression and the Great Recession meet, Charles O'Hay's poignant and often edgy words remind us just how quickly and easily one can become FAR FROM LUCK.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781466362741
Publisher: CreateSpace Publishing
Publication date: 10/05/2011
Pages: 132
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.28(d)

About the Author

Charles O'Hay is the recipient of a 1995 Pennsylvania Council on the Arts fellowship in poetry.

His poems have appeared in over 100 literary publications including Gargoyle, South Carolina Review, Brooklyn Review, West Branch, Mudfish, and New York Quarterly.

A portion of all profits will be donated to Project H.O.M.E. in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. http://www.projecthome.org

The author lives with his wife and daughter in eastern Pennsylvania. This is his first full-length collection of poems.

You can read more at the author's blog: http://pizzasandcream.typepad.com

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Far From Luck 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
angecan More than 1 year ago
"The trouble," O'Hay begins in a poem by the same title: -- is that most poets write as if painting tiny tin soldiers while a symphony plays. I prefer one who writes as if amid a mortar attack: a head landing squarely on his lap. Here ticks the heart as well as mind of O'Hay's poetics. Certainly, he can deliver the breathtaking lyricism and imagery of a whole row of MFA students daubing on "the right words in the right order," but he also offers something to the not-hooked-on-poetry set who just want the good old-fashioned wallop of a great story told with raspy wit and impeccable timing. Far From Luck is a marvelous collection that elucidates with wholehearted compassion the hardscrabble lives of marginalized people and slowly eroding glory of America's natural and urban landscapes. Complementing his themes of transience and hard-earned survival are photographs of Philly's homeless and vagabond community taken by O'Hay himself. Whether through the lens of language or camera, O'Hay stills the world, if only for a moment, enabling us to commit to heart the disarming beauty and depth of even the smallest scraps of the ordinary. And to underscore the walk behind the poetic talk, 20% of profits go to Project H.O.M.E., a non-profit organization providing housing and services for Philadelphia's homeless population.