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Poems of aching tenderness. Paternity explores with a discerning, clear-eyed sensitivity
the daily small delights, frustrations, and purely unexpected miracles that, taken together,
make up the building blocks of one father’s personal salvation.”
—Joanna Catherine Scott, author of Night Huntress and Fainting at the Uffizi

"In Scott Owens' lovely book of poems, PATERNITY, we
Paperback, 72 pages
Published February 15th 2010 by Main Street Rag
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Helen Losse
Mar 18, 2010 Helen Losse rated it it was amazing
My first observation, concerning Scott Owens’ second book, is that Paternity begins where The Fractured World ended. Two poems—“Foundings” and “On the Days I Am Not My Father,” first published in The Dead Mule School of Southern Literature in a chapbook entitled “Deceptively Like a Sound”—are common to both books; they have to be. For Owens, it is not laziness and repetition that gets him more miles out of the same poems, but, rather, the poet's common sense in knowing that he must begin where h ...more
Pris Campbell
Mar 12, 2010 Pris Campbell rated it it was amazing
I'm entranced with Scott Owens’ latest book, Paternity. After three readings, my admiration only grew. The core subject of his book is his relationship with his daughter, Sawyer, but poems are also included about his stepsons as well as his father’s bad parenting. I’m not a parent, but I don’t need to be in order to enjoy both the expert craftsmanship of these poems as well as their magic. It’s both a book of the love of a father for his daughter and at the same time, a type of atonement for his ...more
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Scott Owens is the author of ten collections of poetry, his most recent being "Shadows Trail Them Home" from Clemson University Press, "For One Who Knows How to Own Land" from FutureCycle Press, and "Something Knows the Moment" from Main Street Rag. He coordinates the Poetry Hickory reading series in Hickory, NC, edits "Wild Goose Poetry Review" and "234," and serves as Vice President of the NC Po ...more
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