26 June 2009

"My Father's Eyes Were Blue" by Antony Owen

From the back cover of Antony Owen's new poetry collection My Father's Eyes Were Blue (Heaventree Press, 2009):

The range of the Antony Owen’s poetry is startling. Depicting scenes ranging from eighteenth-century justice to contemporary shopping, Mr. Owen’s verse can also powerfully capture a child’s introduction to nature’s cruelty (“The Runt’) and a grown man’s painful recognition of the hold the past has on us all (“The Watch and the Hiding”). With an eye toward the exotic (“New Nagasaki” and “Marrakech”), the poet displays a keen sense of literary history (Sylvia Plath in “Mil and Gas”) and form (the litany of “The Unforgiven Gone”). His images are often stark but always with a humanity that renders the common and uncommon equally new.

Dr. Gilbert L. Gigliotti
Central Connecticut State University

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