Kerry James Evans
"Evans's gritty, hard-hitting debut combines war poems, elegies, and high Southern lyrics to create a new understanding of American identity."
“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.”
"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."
"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
"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."
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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