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PHILLY POETRY LOVE-IN// Charlie O'Hay, "Halos"

Our last nomination was given by Kelly McQuain and because he has a ridiculous amount of publications to his name, you might as well visit his website here. He's an writer, artist, and a CCP Creative Writing professor. He nominates Charlie O'Hay's "Halos" and says, "I've only gotten to know Charlie O'Hay a little over the last few years, but that is enough time to convince me he is the unsung poetry hero of Philadelphia's dirty and broken-down streets. His poems hit you the way a bad pothole might hit your car tire--an unexpected jolt, something that breaks you down, leaves you momentarily deflated, makes you wonder where you were going in such a hurry not to notice things.

"But before they are over, Charlie's poems pick you back up again, "sing arias" to you; they set your shoulders on a new frame. Charlie O'Hay doesn't overlook things. An avid photographer, he's trained his camera on Philly's homeless population for many years. As a poet, he's trained his eye on even more: fatherhood, sobriety, and the grace it takes to survive this world."

Halos

On my best days, I don’t unwind I unravel, like a thin rope of steam from horizon-bound ships Or the hopes of bums searching payphone coin returns for slot-machine victory.

On my best days, I let it all go The way a hard summer rain can sing arias against the glass Or the wail of a train unseen strings miles between was and will be.

On my best days, I am drunk On fog and running through blue alleys hanging halos from streetlamps. Perhaps you’ve seen my work— been kissed in its light.

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We would like to thank all of our nominators and poets for a great NaPoMo this year! Thank you for sharing your awesomeness with us!

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