Sunday, 8 October 2017
"Antony Owen’s fifth collection, The Nagasaki Elder (V Press), is one of those compelling slim volumes that reminds you what poetry can do when it confronts the big themes of our times – or any times. Those themes don’t get any bigger than war, and its obscene effects on civilians sacrificed on the altar of geopolitical manoeuvres. What marks out Owen’s work as exceptional is the illuminating perspectives he brings to a subject that is already so well travelled...
"He writes universally, but with an insider’s eye. In doing so, he has written a collection that bridges past and present, and could not be more timely."
Neil Young, The Poets' Republic, Autumn 2017 (The issue containing the full review may be bought here.)
"As the world watches today in apprehension and disbelief as test missiles from North Korea pass over Japan, his motives must be applauded. Owen has taken care to distil his anger and pity. His poetry is not in-your-face protest, but crafted, lyrical, and resonant."
Greg Freeman, WriteOutLoud (Full review here.)
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