From the crowded streets we strut each day, to the midnight walks we use to clear our heads, People Watching is a new collection that highlights Chuck’s observational style of poetry.
Using the faces he sees and interacts with as inspiration, Chuck relates to the everyday emotions that spark from the close quarters of society.
Release Date: September 15, 2022
Cover design: Red
"Chuck Harp's poetry speaks of people living in overpriced caves, howling madmen in the streets, and the friends, neighbors, strangers, and monsters hidden in plain sight that comprise this chaotic orchestra called life."
— James D. Casey IV, Poet, Artist, Founder/Editor-in-Cheif of Cajun Mutt Press
This free poetry micro-chapbook is printable courtesy of the Origami Poems Project, a domestic non-profit organization built on encouraging the writing and distribution of poetry through events and free releases.
How to Play Streets and Alleys is a short collection of poems surrounding the visions that come with the city in the summer. Brief scenes with familiar characters interacting with the landscape that shields and inspires them.
Genre: Poetry (micro-chapbook)
Release Date: August 16, 2021
Working Title investigates a spectrum of emotions: disillusionment, fatigue, anger, frustration, and indifference, and others through a series of poems that honor the Everyman. The speakers of the poems share the same face but not always the same uniform. They are workers from the proletariat and the bourgeoisie. What emerges is a painting illustrating the consequences of spending more time in an office than out in the world. The numbing nine-to-fives. The blinding blue light of computer screens. Working Title is a portrait of the mundane everyday of modern civilization in the western world.
Release Date: November 10, 2020
Cover design: Kathryn Gerhardt
“It’s a book about people, how they find themselves being crushed by the responsibilities of job and family, and Harp is their champion, their screaming voice, in the dark."
— Brian Alan Ellis, author of Bad Poet
After losing everything, the young and emotionally numb Moe, holds onto what she can. Whether it be her blue beanie, comics, or fading memory.
Sent to live with her distant relatives in their desolate neighborhood, Moe searches for anything that might bring her peace and allow her to escape from the everyday. At times she can find tranquility in the local creek. Other times can come from the bizarre interactions with the other local children who invite her into their fold.
But escape is never easy.
A violent local bully thaws her cold attitude and proves that Moe must grow up fast if she wishes to survive the foreign world she is thrust into.
Before I Forget is a book showcasing the desire to pursue peace, whatever the cost and always. It is a story of maturity under devastating circumstances.
And to always keeping the idea of escape alive.
Genre: Young Adult
Release Date: August 22, 2019
Brock Creepling is broken. But he’s getting better.
At least that’s what he tells his doctors at his mental hospital nicknamed, The Zoo. Upon his release the washed-up cartoonist attempts to pick up the pieces of his life and revive his career with the help of his friend and therapist.
The only thing stopping Brock, is the untamed colorful characters that litter his mind every second of the day. Hiding his disorder isn’t easy. And climbing back to the top won’t be much better.
Brock is broken. But he’s getting better.
Genre: Black Comedy
Release Date: July 13, 2018
Cover design: Gary Prendergast
What Must Go On delves into the art of performance. What is live performance? How does it fit into our culture given the current take over by Netflix streaming and Redbox rentals? Harp will tell you through lenses of multiple characters.
From the lyrical decapitation of battle rap, to the pre-premier jitters of the theater, the collection swims its way through the various forms of entertainment and gathers up the many faces and feelings of each. It’s a variety show of dreamers, artists, and hustlers just using their gifts to get by.
Release Date: May 17, 2018
Cover image: Aaron Vasco
Cover design: UP Team