Five Books of Marriage

by Harry Owen



Book Details

Language : English
Publication Date : 6/12/2008

Format : Softcover
Dimensions : 6x9
Page Count : 108
ISBN : 9781434371072

About the Book

'Dark, sexy and uncompromising - Harry Owen's poetry floodlights the secret corners of our relationships and personal histories. Unexpected imagery and fantastic observation are expressed with dry humour and a distinctive voice.'  Jo Bell (Co-ordinator, National Poetry Day)


Five Books of Marriage, Harry Owen's powerful third full collection, explores the course of a relationship from its early days through the sadness and pain of a marriage's breakdown and divorce to the finding again of a life and happiness beyond.  It is hard.  It is honest.  It is real.

This poetry is filled with anger and joy, confusion and understanding, despair and burning optimism. It is both intensely individual and entirely recognisable, Owen's finely crafted verse coaxing the universal from the personal in a celebration of life's possibilities.


'Achingly good . . . an absolute pleasure.'  Zinta Aistars (poet and editor, The Smoking Poet)

'The poems stay with you like a song.' Ray Melnik (novelist)

About the Author

Harry Owen was appointed the first official Poet Laureate for Cheshire in 2003. His work has appeared widely in the poetry press in the UK and US and he has previously published two full collections: Searching for Machynlleth (2000) and The Music of Ourselves (2004) in addition to a CD of poetry and music, A Window In My Diary (2006), in collaboration with musician Carl Brunsdon.

Harry is a celebrated reader and performer of his work, his most recent success being as part of Bunch of Fives, a group of former PLs for Cheshire who toured the UK's North West and Midlands to great acclaim during 2007/08.

Since the end of January 2008 Harry has lived in South Africa's Eastern Cape.