Nominated for Creative Loafing's Best of the Bay 2018 -

Best Book by a Local Author Published in the Last Twelve Months!  

"A haunting, raw, examination of the human heart."
- Amazon review


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Influenced by the poetry of Charles Bukowski, Jack Kerouac, and Leonard Cohen, D. Michael Hardy explores the depths of the human heart and soul in this collection of raw, unflinching and evocative poetry, accompanied by haunting black and white photography.

Pain and Longing tells a story of love, loss, and the heartache that inevitably follows. It is a moving portrait of romance and regret, depression and loneliness, the joys of solitude and the will to carry on. 


"In his debut collection, Hardy combines unflinching, soul-searching poems with gorgeous black and white photographs in a compelling exploration of the razor's edge of solitude."

- Steph Post, author of Lightwood and Miraculum

"Fantastic! You will find yourself reading this more than once!"
- Amazon review