Burlesque — Mick Evans
Through the figure of Punch, Burlesque explores themes of identity and the roles imposed on us through circumstance and conditioning. Punch stands as an icon, the ‘paradigm and picture of the age’, challenging conventions of how and what we see and feel.
The second part examines the way creativity shapes our view of ourselves, the masks we wear, often unconsciously, and how we strive to come to terms with the human condition. Wry humour and irony in the face of suffering and mortality are threads, as well as moments of compassion.
Mick Evans grew up in rural Hertfordshire. He read English at Oxford, where he gained a Violet Vaughan Morgan Prize. He pursued a career in teaching in Kent, Cheshire, and finally Carmarthenshire. The move to Wales was prompted by the desire to re-establish the family’s Welsh roots. Surrounded by landscapes steeped in myth and the dramatic scenery of the Black Mountains and Towy Valley, the tensions of urban and natural worlds are a constant source of inspiration.
A founder member of the Dinefwr Poets group, he is published in a number of anthologies, a runner up in the Cinnamon single poem competition, and winner of the Welsh Poetry Competition. Burlesque was his debut pamphlet with Cinnamon Press and Light Airs is his long-overdue first full collection. His compelling collection of short prose pieces, Short Cuts, was published in 2022.