James Humdy’s first collection of poems, Hard Way, is a glimpse into the often anguished musings of an individual whose whole adult life has been behind bars. Humdy was born in Los Angeles in 1973 and incarcerated since age 15.The poems are unflinching and wholehearted gazes into social and psychological dysfunction and survival, but are also poems filled with incredible longing. Humdy mourns a lost father, a mother, a son. He confesses and seeks redemption, all while reflecting on a life that didn’t give him much of a chance. But if you give him a chance, you will be rewarded with moving homages, blessings, joys, love, and much hard-earned wisdom.