Green Revolver

Green Revolver

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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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781570039324
Publisher: University of South Carolina Press
Publication date: 01/12/2012
Series: South Carolina Poetry Book Prize Series
Edition description: New Edition
Pages: 96
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.40(h) x 0.50(d)

About the Author

Born in Winter Park, Florida, at the same time Walt Disney World was being completed, Worthy Evans grew up in several South Carolina towns. Evans is a graduate of the College of Charleston who has served as U.S. Army combat engineer, an award-winning local sports reporter, a copyeditor for an independent scholarly publisher, and a corporate communication specialist. Whether gainfully employed or unemployed, in the bleachers or in a cubicle, Evans has remained a poet at heart, cultivating the verses found here in his first book.

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Green Revolver

Four weeks ago Matthew moved

some bones from the back yard

to the front yard. Three weeks ago he

helped his mom around the house,

picking up laundry, throwing loose paper

away. She gave him two dollars.

Two weeks ago I took him

to a dollar store. Matthew walked back

to the wall of dime toys and found

a green revolver, little gray blackjack

and gold handcuffs, shrink-wrapped against

an upbeat cardboard law-enforcement sign.

One week ago he climbed into the truck

with his revolver that he constantly

clicked. He left it there when I pushed him

out for school, and it sits here right now,

on the seat. Every person talking about work

on the walking trail, every mocking bird,

every passing car, click, click, click.

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