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The Devil’s Tattoo is Prole’s very own Brett Evans’ debut poetry pamphlet and is now available from Indigo Dreams Publishing.
To read four samples of the twenty poems, or to purchase yourself a copy, visit Indigo Dreams webste.
There's a sense of searching in The Devil's Tattoo, from Wales to the Wild West, the poems progress like the journey of man looking for a lost hero wherever he can. Evans looks to cowboys, villains, poets, and piss artists for answers about what a hero is, only to find the drunk wandering home, the scarecrow in his rags, men looking for ways to stay dry. This is work that cuts through machismo to reveal an aching vulnerability within masculinity itself - a surprisingly tender debut.
Brett Evans’ poems go rollicking through the Wild West of Wales, arm in arm with Ma Rainey, Celtic blood pulsing through their veins. Pints of stout are priests and Jesus is dancing with the Devil on his back. Evans sees his blurred reflection in the river and doesn’t hold back.
Brett Evans has a knowledge of darkness and depth, light, frustration, outskirts and intelligence. His pen paints a complete picture of emotion and detail with an eloquence and understanding of things that only some people can fathom and a bright few can describe. The Devil's Tattoo wrapped me around my core with an innate comprehension and beautiful lyricism.
The winner of the Prole Pamphlet competition, 2017, is now here: Robert Nisbet's Robeson, Fitzgerald and Other Heroes. Many thanks to our judge, Fiona Pitt-Kethley.
The poems collected here are of an age, they are of a place - Wales, The Valleys and South-Western peninsula - but their themes, their wit, the emotions they elicit are universal. Amongst the nostalgia, the musical connections, these
poems are peopled with unforgettable characters and their stories are told through a poet's honed craft, and at times, with a wicked humour.
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The winner of the Prole Pamphlet competition, 2018 is Luke Palmer with Spring in the Hospital. Many thanks to our judge, Mab Jones.
These erudite, immaculately crafted poems yield not a binary digit or a terabyte to sentimentality of any kind. The spirit of Hill presides, but the poems are very much their own: they are razor-sharp and speak with a startling clarity and
confidence. Spring in the Hospital is an outstanding debut, and Luke Palmer
is one to watch.
Each piece drew me in and left me, afterwards, with something - an astounding image, a feeling of shock, a heart-punch, a wondering or questioning.
Spring in the Hospital is a profoundly accomplished poetry pamphlet.
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What people are saying about Prole
The Crack, March 2012: 'A riveting read.'
Neon Literary Magazine, February 2011.
...(a) subtly hard-hitting collection...
There is much to be admired in the editorial of this collection: these pieces are woven together with an expert flair...
This collection as a whole--at times tragic, harrowing, moving and uplifting--holds within it many little treasures of new writing, and is combined with a care and sensitivity to make it an undoubtedly enthralling read.
New Pages, August 2010: 'This journal is nothing if not challenging and engaging...artful story telling, skilful weaving, compact wording; no literary tricks, twists, surprise endings or jolts to deliver one deep into their vast little worlds...excellent pieces of creative nonfiction. [Of the poetry] ...there is much to be admired.'
The Crack, July 2010: '...it's great to see a quality new publication giving a platform to new writers...and the standard is...excellent.'
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