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Book Title: Burnfort Las Vegas|
The author of the book: Martina Evans
ISBN 13: 9780856464577
Format files: PDF
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Edition: Carcanet Press Ltd.
Date of issue: March 1st 2015
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"She is at once emotional and shrewd: hidden behind the rich lace-curtain of her personal charm, her existentialism sings."—Thomas McCarthy "Martina Evans's poems are a miracle, for the way they combine total clarity with profundity: the way the apparently innocent and observant humour of their narrative surface covers a compassion and understanding that are often heartbreaking and heartbroken."— Bernard O'Donoghue Following her prose poem-cum-novella Petrol (2013), Martina Evans returns to her childhood and adolescence in County Cork, Ireland, with poems and prose poems which begin with the impact of American culture and particularly rock 'n' roll on the small town where she grew up. We move the Sacred Heart lampcloser to Elvis's face now in the monthof June. I think that thosebillboards of Vegascould be the Major cigarette signor the Double Diamond Works Wondersin the lounge window round '75or the BP pump shiningin the blue Burnfort evening . . . We encounter ghosts, travelers, shoes, old movies, alcoholics, and even Bart Simpson in Evans's poems as we move from her school and college days, with their eccentric cast of teachers, to contemporary London and the sights, sounds, and characters of Balls Pond Road, where she lives with her daughter and three cats. The book ends with a series of poems about youthful reading—from clandestine reading in class to the joy and escape of childhood reading—"the miracle / of the black marks straightening themselves / out into sense across the page."
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Martina Evans is an Irish poet and novelist living in London. The youngest of ten children, she grew up in a small village in County Cork in a pub, shop and petrol station.
She is the author of three published novels, the first novel Midnight Feast (Sinclair-Stevenson 1996) which won a Betty Trask Award, The Glass Mountain (Sinclair-Stevenson 1997) and No Drinking, No Doctors, No Dancing (Bloomsbury 2000) which won an Arts Council of England Award .
She also the author of four collections of poetry, including Facing the Public 2009 which was a Times Literary Supplement Book of the Year in 2009 and won the Piero Ciampi International Poetry Prize in 2011. Her latest book , Petrol was published by Anvil Press in 2012.
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