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Letter Composed During a Lull in the Fighting by [Powers, Kevin]
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Like the best war poets, Kevin Powers' real subject is not the battle for land or governance, but the battle for one man's soul. In dramatising that inner conflict, he achieves a poetry both urgent and universal. (Michael Symmons Roberts, winner of the 2013 Forward and Costa prizes)

Extraordinary...Brilliantly observed and deeply affecting. (Michiko Kakutani, New York Times on THE YELLOW BIRDS)

Powers is a poet first, so THE YELLOW BIRDS is spare, incredibly precise, unimproveable. (Dave Eggers, Observer)

Kevin Powers has produced a masterpiece of war literature and a classic. (Hilary Mantel, Times, on THE YELLOW BIRDS)

There is a plain-speaking, backyard tone to these poems, its ancestry stretching all the way back to such writers as Fenimore Cooper and Washington Irving... it is probably advisable to dip into this piecemeal rather than attempt to absorb its brutal richesse in one sitting... To paraphrase Samuel Johnson, perhaps every poet should think meanly of himself for not producing a debut collection quite as powerful as this one. (Sunday Express)

A powerful and very affecting collection. (Poetry London)

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The acclaimed author of THE YELLOW BIRDS returns with an extraordinary debut poetry collection.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 274 KB
  • Print Length: 113 pages
  • Publisher: Sceptre (3 April 2014)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00H4EP86Q
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  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars 1 customer review
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #576,463 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Letter Composed During a Lull in the Fighting is a thoughtful, occasionally harrowing, debut poetry collection from Kevin Powers. While the title poem may not actually be the strongest in the collection (I think that honour might go to ‘After Leaving McGuire Veterans Hospital for the Last Time’ or ‘Improvised Explosive Device’) it is good and certainly sets the tone of this volume dedicated to lyrically expressing the experience of going to war and then surviving to make it back home. This is an emotional and evocative collection based around the poet’s own experiences as a soldier and offers a valuable, moving insight into the affects of war. I would also highly recommend Kevin Powers’ excellent novel, The Yellow Birds, as well.
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