'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)