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Author: Kevin Powers Narrator: Kevin Powers Publisher: Little, Brown & Company Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: April 2014 ISBN: 9781478979142
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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 Iraqi heat; writing a love letter; listening to a mother recount her dreams. Written with evocative language and discernment, Powers' 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" (Los Angeles Times), this collection will make its mark as a powerful, enduring work.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Since the World War I poets, Siegfried Sassoon and Wilfred Owens, few poets have captured life in the war zone. Powers does so vividly and eloquently while showing the emotional costs that soldiers suffer during battle and after returning stateside. A poetry book that demands an audience.”

    Library Journal (starred review)

  • “Poem by poem, Powers travels an incredible journey through the thoughts and feelings of a veteran attempting to put the pieces together as he looks both forward and back, ‘hoping someday something will make sense.’”


  • “Powers, author of the shattering war novel The Yellow Birds, turns to poetry while concentrating on familiar themes of dislocation, fear, and ‘unmoored memory’…A welcome debut. We hope that the next sequence finds Powers on safer ground, exploring the possibilities of life away from the front.”

    Kirkus Reviews

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About the Author

Kevin Powers is the author of a collection of poetry and two novels, including The Yellow Birds, which won the PEN/Hemingway Award, the Guardian First Book Award and was a National Book Award Finalist. He graduated from Virginia Commonwealth University and holds an MFA from the University of Texas at Austin, where he was a Michener Fellow in Poetry. He served in the US Army in 2004 and 2005 in Iraq, where he was deployed as a machine gunner in Mosul and Tal Afar.