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DISSOLVE to: L.A., by James Trevelyan

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Action movie poems by James Trevelyan
Illustrated by Emma Wright
Paperback ISBN 978-1-910139-37-0

AN EMMA PRESS PICK
Publication date: 17th March 2016
Page count: 36
Price: £5 (paperback)Buy nowline

What does it mean to die in a movie scene? To exist on the peripheries? James Trevelyan takes twelve cult action films of the 1980s and 90s and gives life where it was extinguished too early. Speaking in the voices of such poignantly disposable characters as Cougar (Top Gun), GIRL (Lethal Weapon) and Donald Gennaro (Jurassic Park), Trevelyan provides a humorous and heart-breaking exploration of morality, mortality and our sense of self. With 9 black line drawings by Emma Wright.

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Reviews

DISSOLVE to: L.A is a brief, but rare and delightful read that manages to invoke the joy of realising that all those hours in front of 80s and 90s action movies were not spent alone, or in vain. The works riffed on that are often regarded as disposable entertainment, but were important to you growing up, are deservedly given more gravitas by the thought and care put into this piece, and it ultimately leaves you sated and thinking that maybe you should do a double bill of Speed and Con Air tonight. And that you haven’t seen Hard Boiled for aaages.’ – Alan Simmons, Live for Films

‘Trevelyan’s pamphlet is filled with immersive poems and characters who share their stories, their secrets and their hopes. It is a fascinating and well-crafted read.’ – Jenna Clake, Sabotage Reviews

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About the poet

James TrevelyanJames Trevelyan grew up in the Midlands and now lives in London. His poems have been published in print and online magazines, and anthologised by the Emma Press. He is Poetry Reviews Editor for The Cadaverine magazine and works for the independent publisher Penned in the Margins. [Photo © Will Barrett]