"Evans spares nothing and no one in his poems, and yet he still finds a way to celebrate what deserves celebrating, and in the end, we’re left with hope."
“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.”
"Evans's gritty, hard-hitting debut combines war poems, elegies, and high Southern lyrics to create a new understanding of American identity."
"The bangalore torpedo clears a path 10-15 feet wide through barbed wire entanglements. In minefield breaching, it will explode all antipersonnel mines and most of the antitank mines in a narrow foot path."
—United States Army Field Manuel, 5-25: Explosives and Demolitions
"In Bangalore, the poet maps his own experiences and mines them for content. There is never a hint of bitterness or blame in his poems; Bangalore reads as an act of control against a period of time in which he was almost completely controlled by his circumstances, and ultimately, an experience, and attitude, of grace."
Kerry James Evans
Bangalore is available at local bookstores, Consortium Book Sales & Distribution, Powell's, and Amazon.
Publisher: Copper Canyon Press (1 October 2013)
Paperback: 96 pages
Dimensions: 6x9 inches
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