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Green Revolver

Worthy Evans

Publication Year: 2012

Selected by David Baker, Green Revolver is the fifth annual winner of the South Carolina Poetry Book Prize and the first published collection by Worthy Evans. These verses resulted from a spontaneous outpouring of poems, pent up during a fourteen-year hiatus from the craft during which Evans worked as a professional reporter, writer, and editor. Much informed by the rapid-fire pace and cadence of his journalism background, Evans's narrative poems are grounded in concrete images of our shared reality and explore a range of imaginative versions of the poet as confident or frightened, loving or hateful, bold or timid, lost or profound. These poems seek a distinguishing personal truth—a sense of belonging in a world not altogether welcoming, or even that familiar, where violent impulses are as threatening as workday drudgery. In these daydreams given form, Henry Fonda wields the same authority as Henry V or Ward Cleaver. In this landscape where the familiar arches longingly toward the surreal, a cockeyed visionary might just find the right fantasy with which to escape the stultifying confinement of banal modernity, as represented by corporate office space and khaki dress slacks, army motor pools and basic training maneuvers, sprawling cityscapes and the omnipresent pestering responsibilities of adulthood in postmillennial America.

Published by: University of South Carolina Press

Series: South Carolina Poetry Book Prize

Cover

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pp. 1-7

Contents

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pp. vii-viii

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Foreword

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pp. ix-xii

I am very pleased to present Green Revolver to the poetry world. The effects of this book are strong and real, and this collection has stayed with me in a haunting way. So much other poetry, these days, seems too bland and same-sounding, rather like earnest memoirs broken into lines; ...

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Acknowledgments

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pp. xiii-xiv

I would like to thank the following teachers and friends who provided me laughs, lines, instruction, and inspiration: Paul Allen, Stuart Knee, Clark G. Reynolds, Randy Sparks, George Hopkins, D. Reid Wiseman. Also, my drill sergeants, SFC Gabriel, SSG Snyder, and SSG Dutter. ...

I

A Funny Thing

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pp. 3-4

The Frontier

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pp. 5-6

Marooned

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pp. 7-22

Comfort

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pp. 8-23

Croak

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pp. 9-24

Dress for Success

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pp. 10-25

Drip

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pp. 11-26

Making the Man

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pp. 12-27

Sunset

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pp. 13-28

Instructions

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pp. 14-29

Camaraderie

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pp. 15-16

Erno and Me

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pp. 17-18

Nature

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pp. 19-20

Heroes in Waiting

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pp. 21-36

Pre-Op

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pp. 22-37

At Any Moment

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pp. 23-24

II

Baked into the Cake

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pp. 27-28

Occurrences Around the Bridge

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pp. 29-30

Fall In

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pp. 31-32

Buffaloed

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pp. 33-35

Green Revolver

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pp. 36-51

On the Weekend

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pp. 37-38

Bilderbergers

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pp. 39-40

Outer Marsupials

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pp. 41-56

The Lost Weekend

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pp. 42-43

Go to War

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pp. 44-45

Cougar Dan

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pp. 46-47

Camera Crew

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pp. 48-49

Finely Educated

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pp. 50-51

Once Upon a Time

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pp. 52-53

Making Do

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pp. 54-56

III

The Lesson

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pp. 59-60

The Madman’s Divining Time

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pp. 61-62

In Line

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pp. 63-64

Jury Room

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pp. 65-66

From Assembly

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pp. 67-68

Passing Through

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pp. 69-70

Strange Days

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pp. 71-72

Stand To

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pp. 73-88

Last Seconds

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pp. 74-89

The Bad Girl Bicycle Poem

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pp. 75-90

When in Rome

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pp. 76-91

The Screw

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pp. 77-92

The Full Record

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pp. 78-79


E-ISBN-13: 9781611171723
Print-ISBN-13: 9781570039324

Page Count: 96
Publication Year: 2012

Series Title: South Carolina Poetry Book Prize
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OCLC Number: 808341231
MUSE Marc Record: Download for Green Revolver