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Times change, but when it comes to certain genres of literature, sometimes the old ways are the best ways. There are still legions of loyal readers who long for the days of Dashiell Hammet and Mickey Spillane. Robert B. Parker, the famous modern-day detective novelist knew this and successfully incorporated some of the deadpan style and film noir humor and drama of these authors into the modern-day adventures of his private eye, Spencer. Jim Hart has created a powerful rendering of the golden era of the private eye story in his new novel, A Tom Collins to Go. The work chronicles the adventures of private eye Harry Parker who works in the Big Apple back in the days when it was still Gotham City. Harry drinks too much, laments his failed marriage, longs for his ex and scratches out a living as a hardscrabble PI. Which all lends to his ‘don’t give a damn’ demeanor and what makes him so lovable. I believe that the skillful combination of all of these elements will give readers of this genre exactly what they are looking for.
An elderly woman polishes her family dining table each day with painstaking care. A man receives a long-lost letter from an uncle killed in the line of duty. A young child creates his own imaginative dialogue to 1950s television shows. Ramblings of a One-Eyed Garbage Man is Jim Hart’s collection of poetry that spans literary styles to capture an urban experience with profound social concern, sardonic wit, and a humorous perspective on the world that is certain to resonate with readers and thinkers everywhere.
Processing the world around him in an original yet uncomplicated way, Hart crafts poems that are at once pure, sweet, and raw, availing of multiple forms of verse to forge unique concepts for the everyman. Born and raised in the 1950s in Brooklyn, New York, Hart explores topics that draw from a certain time and place in the urban American experience. The title of the collection is a nod to the poet’s own chosen profession as an employee of the New York City Sanitation Department. From the fallout of romantic love to the aftermath of war, these deeply personal, intimate takes on life, death, and much that lies in between are both achingly sad and playfully ironic. In some, such as “Leaps Of Faith” and “A Questionable Youth,” the poet shares snapshots of a Brooklyn childhood; in others, like “Greenwich Village – 1967” and “Acid Trip,” he recalls the confusing urban landscape of 1960s New York.
Mining both treasured childhood times and the darker aspects of humanity, the collection converges as a stirring journey of heartbreak, family love, childhood, and coming of age. By casting a searching eye on the depths and heights of humanity, each work in Ramblings of a One-Eyed Garbage Man processes the past decades with fine perception, moral clarity, and palpable heart. Readers who value well-chosen words that are rich with life will treasure this graceful, enlightening collection.
Genre: Literature & Fiction, Anthologies & Literature Collections > Poetry
About The Author: Mr. Jim Hart is an internationally published poet with works appearing in the United States, Canada, England, Scotland, Austria and India.
Jim was raised in Brooklyn where he still resides with his wife. He began his working life as a drummer in rock and blues bands before beginning a thirty-year career in the New York City Sanitation Department. During which time he worked his way through the ranks to serve in such positions as the Deputy Director of Public Affairs and Director of Correspondence for the Sanitation Police. Proving inspiration can come from the strangest places.
He retired from the Department to pursue his love for writing. Besides Jim’s own collection: "Ramblings Of A One-Eyed Garbage Man," he’s been published in over 60 journals and reviews throughout the world. Jim has also co-written two songs for “Change My World” the recently released Peter Stevens Band cd.
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Jim's poem "The Tie That Binds" which appeared in the April 2007 issue of Between Kisses has been included in the anthology "Wondrous Web Worlds".
Jim has also written and published the music and lyrics for “Parisian Midnight”
Jim has published poems in literary journals including Poetry Salzburg Review (Austria), Epicenter, The Blind Man's Rainbow, fathers and what must be said (Ireland), Nomad's Choir [Fall 2107 Vol. 25 Issue 4], Divine Madness Vol.2 (Canada - Three Poems), Nerve Cowboy, Cultural Weekly July 29, 21015, The Aurorean, Pulsar(England), RedOwl Magazine, Yellow Chair Review, Caveat Lector, Phantom Billstickers Poster (Myanmar), River Poets Journal, Taj Mahal Review (India) , Quantum Leap (Scotland), Blue Collar Review, I am not a silent Poet, World Anthology of Poems on Global Harmony and Peace (India), Bryant Literary Review(2012), In The Gesture of Words , Lalitamba, Poetry Depth Quarterly , Thema Vol. 27 No. 2 , Nomad's Choir , The Main Street Rag , HaightAshbury Literary Journal (Vol. 26 #1) , Misty Mountain Review (Nepal), Fearless Poets against Bullying, Bryant Literary Review(Vol.13) , The Collaborative's Omnibus (Ten Poems) World Anthology of Poems on Global Harmony and Peace (India), Wonderous Web Worlds 8, Pegasus (Spring 2006), Pegaus (Winter 2008), Shemom (2 poems), The Poet's Pen , Misty Mountain Review (Nepal), Shemon Summer2014, Haight Ashbury Literary Journal (Vol. 27 #1), World Anthology of Poems on Global Harmony and Peace (India), PKA'sAdvocate, Illumen, Tapestries, West Ward Quarterly, Shemon (Vol. 50), ArtTimes, , Iconoclast, Shemon #49, Between Kisses, World Anthology of Poems on Global Harmony and Peace (India), Thema (Vol. 29 No.2)), Waterways, Sam's Dot Publishing, Circus Maximus, Reflections of the Inward Silence, Dragonfly, Cornucopia, Tracings of the Valiant Soul , Forward Poetry (England), Kwil- 2006 (Canada), Kwil- 2007 (Canada), Quaker Life, Poetry Lane, Third Moon, Pralaton Literary Journal , BearCreek Haiku, Quaker Life, More Humor! Anthology for I am Poet (South Africa), Fearless Poets against Bullying, Read on World Poetry Café - Canadian Radio 100.5 FM and WABC Radio (Message Board)