True Forensics

True Forensics

by Ken Evans




Poetry. Lyric or narrative in character, these poems are stitched through by the search for significance in the particular, whether at a train-station, draining a radiator, or eating chips, or on the alternative uses of Tipp-Ex, how not to take stairs, the joys of metal-detecting, or the vertigo of jet-lag. This sense of immanence below the surface, just beyond reach, is addressed through themes of family, memory, history, illness and recovery, travel, and exploration. This questioning, "sustained gaze," casts a steady, sombre eye over the everyday, but with care, candour and lightness, too.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781912477104
Publisher: Eyewear Publishing
Publication date: 10/31/2018
Pages: 84
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 1.25(h) x 9.00(d)

About the Author

Ken Evans won this year's Kent & Sussex Poetry Competition and The Battered Moons Competition (2016). Last year, Ken was included in an anthology of Best New British & Irish Poets, edited by Luke Kennard. Kennard referred to his featured poem as a "hypnotic exercise in imagination and compassion." Evans first pamphlet, The Opposite of Defeat, featured work from his shortlisted collection in The Poetry School's / Nine Arches Press Primers Competition, which also shortlisted in Bare Fiction's debut competition. TRUE FORENSICS is his first poetry collection.

Table of Contents

Stopping for Chips 9

Down at the Leisure Centre 10

En Femme 11

The List of Things You Lose If You Kill Yourself Before Sixty 12

The Train Rushes to Us With Precious Gifts From Far Away 14

The Detectorists 15

Hill-Walking in the Brecon Beacons 16

Lontano 17

The Fire in the Hearth 18

The Spice Festival 20

The A'Mhachair, TIR Nan Loch 21

Learning Finnish Proverbs 22

Ötzi the Iceman 23

On Finding Cold Spots 24

Homeopathic 26

On College Road 27

'The Nymphs Are Departed' 29

The Turn 30

White Holes in the Walls 31

With Ten Minutes to Closing at Goma 32

The Weight-Loss of Encouragement 33

The Placing on of Hands 34

Party-Bulbs 35

Sweet Tea 36

The Sheer Weight of Traffic 38

Turning-Circles 39

Ladybirds in the Radiator 40

Hawfinch (2018) 41

A Brilliant Angel 42

Casting Off 43

To All Our Son's Future Lovers 44

The Cat's Tail 45

At the Amundsen-Scott Research Centre 47

Orange 48

Descending, in Reading Glasses 49

This Is Your Flight Attendant 50

True Forensics 51

The Daily Ablutions 52

Civic Witness 53

Rising, With Such Elegance 54

A Buzzing 55

Silverfish 56

The Swinging Of Bells 57

The Night-Generator 58

To Stare Too Long at a Branch 60

Tracks of the Ninja 61

Learning the Art 64

The Second Hardest Thing is to Swallow 65

Jet-Lag in Ocean Gardens, British Columbia 66

Waiting at Manchester Piccadilly 67

The Fallen Snow 68

Notes 70

Acknowledgements 72

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