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About the Author
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
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
"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.