Letter Composed During a Lull in the Fighting

Letter Composed During a Lull in the Fighting

By Kevin Powers

Little Brown and Company, Hardcover, 9780316401081, 96pp.

Publication Date: April 1, 2014

The award-winning author of The Yellow Birdsreturns with an extraordinary debut poetry collection.
National Book Award finalist, Iraq war veteran, novelist and poet Kevin Powers creates a deeply 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 unknown in the dry Iraq heat; writing a love letter; listening to a mother recount her dreams. Written with evocative language and discernment, Powers's poetry strives to make sense of the war and its echoes through human experience.
Just as The Yellow Birds was hailed as the "first literary masterpiece produced by the Iraq war," this collection will make its mark as a powerful, enduring work (Los Angeles Times).

About the Author
Kevin Powers est ne a Richmond, en Virginie. A dix-sept ans, il s engage dans l armee et combat en Irak en 2004et 2005. A son retour, il obtient une bourse d etude en poesie a l Universite d Austin, au Texas. Yellow Birds (Stock, 2013), son premier roman, a ete finaliste du National Book Award et a recu le prix litteraire Le Monde et le prix dumeilleur premier roman etranger 2013 de Lire. Lettre ecrite pendant une accalmie dans les combats a ete selectionnepour de nombreux prix dont le prestigieux T. S. Eliot. Il vit aujourd hui a Richmond et ecrit son deuxieme roman.

Praise For Letter Composed During a Lull in the Fighting

Praise for The Yellow Birds
"Extraordinary...A harrowing story about the friendship of two young men trying to stay alive on the battlefield...Brilliantly observed and deeply affecting." --Michiko Kakutani, New York Times

"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, London Times

"A powerful work of art....Put it way up on that high rare shelf alongside Ernest Hemingway and Tim O'Brien."--Anthony Swofford