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The Emma Press





DISSOLVE to: L.A. is a collection of poems by James Trevelyan about minor characters from well-known action films. With illustrations by Emma Wright.


Page count: 36

Publication date: 17 March 2016

Paperback ISBN 978-1-910139-37-0

GTIN: N/A SKU: 9781910139370 Categories: , , Tag:

The Emma Press

The Emma Press is an independent publisher specialising in poetry, short fiction and children’s books. We are trying to make publishing and literature as welcoming and accessible as possible.


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.


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

Additional information

Dimensions 11 × 17.8 cm

Pamphlet, eBook
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