“Antony Owen is the bravest British poet of his generation. He goes to places poetry doesn't visit and lingering there, crafts acts of testimony and tribute. He does what art is supposed to; raising us the highest so that we can see the deepest. The Nagasaki Elder in its stunning evocation of human suffering is simply his best work yet.” Joe Horgan
“The Nagasaki Elder is a beautiful and harrowing account of a journey through the bombed cities of Japan. Unlike most poets who hold forth about atrocities, Antony Owen has been there. He has spoken in depth to the Hibakusha and transformed their voices into some extraordinary poems. And we must listen, if we don't want our world to end as theirs did.” Merryn Williams
The Nagasaki Elder is very very hard-hitting yet very tender.
A sample poem from the collection may be enjoyed below.
SHORTLISTED FOR THE TED HUGHES AWARD FOR NEW WORK IN POETRY 2017
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