Publication date: 17th March 2016
Page count: 36
Price: £5 (paperback)
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.
Longlisted | Saboteur Award for Best Pamphlet 2016
"A fascinating and well-crafted read" - Sabotage Reviews
"Fans of 1980s and 90s cult action films will happily add James Trevelyan's Dissolve to: L.A. to their Christmas wish list. And even if - like me - you're not, there's still much to enjoy about these poems" - Magma
"A rare and delightful read that manages to invoke the joy of realising that all those hours spent 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."
"Truly a dramatic and thrilling read" - The Gallion
James' poetry has also appeared in Little Atoms, Morning Star, Cake, Prole, Aspidistra, Cadaverine, Neon, 14 Magazine, Inky Needles and Bedford Square 5. He has poems recently anthologised in Best New British and Irish Poets 2017 (Eyewear) Campaign in Poetry (The Emma Press, 2015) and 154 (Live Canon, 2016).