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Letter Composed During a Lull in the Fighting

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The award-winning author of The Yellow Birds returns 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).

Praise for Letter Composed During a Lull in the Fighting

“Impressive in its sincerity and virtually unimpeachable in its distress… ”
—Andrew Motion, former Poet Laureate of the United Kingdom

“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

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