Charles Harvey


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When Dogs Bark the Short Story

You may think with a name like Jethro, our story is a simple tale of a country bumpkin visiting New York City. It's deeper than that. There's a restlessness in Jethro's soul. Plus, he has the quirky habit of barking when he's nervous. It starts with a low growl when he's mildly agitated, to a ferocious bark when he feels endangered. Jethro gets fed up with his wife and her cousin after being cooped up in the cousin's tiny apartment. He came to New York to see things, he declares and steps out to explore the city on his own. As he rides the subway he growls under his breath to keep the creeps away (just imagine). He catches the attention of Toni a cross-dresser recently released from the army. It becomes a wild weekend of sex and self-discovery.

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Americana

Poems can be reflective or reactionary. In a reflective mood, the poet comments on past events. His or her voice may be calm, wistful, and longing. They are preservers of the moment. When poets put on their reactionary mantle, they are more vocal and want to move themselves and others to action In this small collection, Harvey has both the reflective voice and the force of the reactionary. Viewing the Vietnam War, race relations, and the cultural renaissance of the 1960's and 1970's through the prism of a child's eye shaped Harvey's views and points of view. The poets Allen Ginsburg, Amiri Baraka, Langston Hughes, and Ai shaped his voice.

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Minister Q

A tale of lust, bitterness, and betrayal. Sister Gloria, a young black woman, is the newest member of Mosque Number Eight. She secretly lusts after the young fiery Minister Q. He pays her scant attention, focusing all of his energy on his caustic sermons of black pride and nationalism. During one of the Minister's sermons, a napkin with an address falls from his pocket, leading Sister Gloria to learn of the Minister's secret life.

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Red Underwear

Red Underwear is the story of a single man's quest for love before the age of cell phones and the internet. Henry a lonely writer has just won a writing prize. He decides to place a personal ad in the local paper to find a woman to help him celebrate his good fortune. Ruth calls Henry after finding his ad while she was cleaning out her cat's litter box. Henry gets a lot more than he bargained for when Ruth shows up at the door.

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Black Queen

Is the party over at thirty-nine? Cleon doesn't think so. He's about to turn forty and desires to hold onto his youthful days. He buys a new computer, downloads the latest dating apps, and goes on a quest to find the love that has eluded him. Will he find love or disappointment?

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Betty's House

Betty is a take-charge woman with a weakness for men down in their luck. Her men soon prove themselves to be unfaithful and suffer Betty's wrath. Her latest nameless lover who Betty met in the "Chicken N Biskit" is no different. He cheats on Betty with her best friend after Bonnie. He very much the dog he says he is. What else would you be if you make love to a woman in a cemetery?

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The Blue Train to Heaven

Under the backdrop of the wacky world of Ghana coffin makers, comes this tale of two brothers, Elijah and Ashong. Humor masks the subtle undertones of envy, jealousy, and mockery as Elijah tells the story of how his brother comes to be buried in the elaborate train coffin.

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Roommates

Omar and Rock Hardwood share an apartment in Atlanta, the Black Gay capitol. Omar is the goody two-shoes young college student and a member of "Rebirth" Baptist Church headed by Pastor Daddy Longlegs. Rock Hardwood is his stripper roomie. Despite being "opposites," the young men seem to always wind up in some very erotic hijinks in their tiny apartment. Of course, Omar plays the innocent one. You get your chance to determine who's leading who to the bedroom as you "eavesdrop" on their hot conversations.

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How I Got Over

These poems tell the story of love gone bad. There are no chocolates, roses, or cupids in these "love stories." These poems tell the bitter truth about love. Romance is for dreamers. In these poems, the candy has turned bitter and the roses have dried up.The narrator in "How I got Over" shares with us her unrequited with a man cool to her affections. She pushes through all of the pain until the bitter end when she visits his grave and delivers her own brand of sweet revenge.

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Urban Tales

Urban Tales are made up of long and short stories. These stories and excerpts are streetwise and heart touching. Characters speak in elegant voices and raw urban tongues. The raw truth can make you uncomfortable, make you, and maybe make you cry. But it will never bore you.

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