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Evans’ jarring debut book of poems draws on his experience as a combat engineer for the Army National Guard A strong contribution to wartime poetry composed by combatants Given recent controversy over domestic surveillance and enlisted whistle-blowers, this is a necessary read, indeed. Booklist

Drawing upon Kerry James Evans's experience in the military, Bangalore speaks from the position of a natural class warrior who came of age desperately poor in some of the most hardscrabble parts of our country. Whether highlighting a barracks argument about gays in the military or contemplating pent-up eros, the poems are experientially political in the best sense.

From "Lilacs and Razor Wire":

Bent over in a folding chair, my arm a rag of oil, I scrape the carbon from my M-16with a pipe cleaner here in the armorynamed after a young Colonelwho hanged himself.

No one sitting here really knowswhether or not the Colonelwas a homosexual. I bring up my mother-in-law, who is.

Outside the window the local convictshave decided to mow down the lilacsblossoming along the roadside.

We go back to talking about homosexualsand homosexuality, and I say: We are all a little gay, which lands meon the floor in a wrestling position . . .

Kerry James Evans served six years in the Army National Guard as a combat engineer. He received his MFA in creative writing from Southern Illinois University Carbondale, and is enrolled in the PhD program in English-Creative Writing from Florida State University. He lives in Tallahassee, Florida.


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Kerry James Evans: Kerry James Evans served six years in the Army National Guard as a Combat Engineer. He received his MFA in Creative Writing from Southern Illinois University-Carbondale, and is enrolled in the Ph.D. program in English-Creative Writing from Florida State University.

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Evans’ jarring debut book of poems draws on his experience as a combat engineer for the Army National Guard. Like fellow soldier-poet Brian Turner (Here, Bullet, 2005), Evans served in the armed forces during the awful, shell-shocked years immediately after 9/11. Unlike Turner, Evans did not complete a tour of duty overseas, and the collection’s tenor and content reflect this: “I’ve seen the Mojave, but I’ve never seen the desert. / In training, I swept for mines, but I’ve never seen / my brother’s leg destroyed after detonation.” Evans articulates the distance between the war in Iraq and the war as he felt it from afar, tethering the poetic voice to the sharp sensory impressions of his childhood home in the South: “the quarter horses in your uncle’s barn, / or that goddamn clay red as your wife’s hair.” A strong contribution to wartime poetry composed by combatants, including Randall Jarrell’s Little Friend, Little Friend (1945), Michael Casey’s Obscenities (1972), and Yusef Komunyakaa’s Dien Cai Dau (1988). Given recent controversy over domestic surveillance and enlisted whistle-blowers, this is a necessary read, indeed. --Diego Báez

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Book Description Copper Canyon Press, United States, 2013. Paperback. Book Condition: New. Language: English . Brand New Book. Evans jarring debut book of poems draws on his experience as a combat engineer for the Army National Guard.A strong contribution to wartime poetry composed by combatants.Given recent controversy over domestic surveillance and enlisted whistle-blowers, this is a necessary read, indeed. --Booklist Drawing upon Kerry James Evans s experience in the military, Bangalore speaks from the position of a natural class warrior who came of age desperately poor in some of the most hardscrabble parts of our country. Whether highlighting a barracks argument about gays in the military or contemplating pent-up eros, the poems are experientially political in the best sense. From Lilacs and Razor Wire : Bent over in a folding chair, my arm a rag of oil, I scrape the carbon from my M-16with a pipe cleaner here in the armorynamed after a young Colonelwho hanged himself. No one sitting here really knowswhether or not the Colonelwas a homosexual. I bring up my mother-in-law, who is. Outside the window the local convictshave decided to mow down the lilacsblossoming along the roadside. We go back to talking about homosexualsand homosexuality, and I say: We are all a little gay, which lands meon the floor in a wrestling position . . . Kerry James Evans served six years in the Army National Guard as a combat engineer. He received his MFA in creative writing from Southern Illinois University-Carbondale, and is enrolled in the PhD program in English-Creative Writing from Florida State University. He lives in Tallahassee, Florida. Bookseller Inventory # AAS9781556594052

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