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Shortlisted for the 2014 TS Eliot Prize Shortlisted for the 2014 Forward Prize for Best First Collection Poetry Book Society Choice In this remarkable debut poetry collection, National Book Award finalist and Iraq war veteran Kevin Powers creates a startling, affecting portrait of a life shaped by war. LETTER COMPOSED DURING A LULL IN THE FIGHTING captures the many moments that comprise a soldier's life: driving down the Texas highway; waiting for the unkwn in the dry Iraq heat; writing a love letter; listening to a mother recount her dreams. Written with honesty and insight, these poems strive to make sense of war and its echoes through human experience. Just as THE YELLOW BIRDS was hailed as the 'first literary masterpiece produced by the Iraq war,' (Los Angeles Times) this collection will prove to be a powerful, enduring classic.
Kevin Powers was born and raised in Richmond, Virginia. In 2004 and 2005 he served with the US Army in Mosul and Tal Afar, Iraq. He studied English at Virginia Commonwealth University after his honourable discharge and received an MFA in Poetry from the Michener Center for Writers at the University of Texas at Austin in 2012. His poems have appeared in The Sun, Poetry, the New Orleans Review and the New York Quarterly. His debut novel, The Yellow Birds, was published in 2012, won the Guardian First Book Award, and is being adapted into a film starring Benedict Cumberbatch. Letter Composed During a Lull in the Fighting (Sceptre) was shortlisted for the 2014 Forward Prize for Best First Collection and was the PBS Summer Choice.
Shortlisted for Forward Poetry Prize: Best First Collection 2014 and T S Eliot Prize 2014.