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INKSPILL Guest Poet Interview 2 with Antony Owen

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I appreciated reading more about Antony Owens as I find his poetry iengaging and thought-provoking. Read this interview, I think you’ll see why I rate him. Thanks Inkspill 👏

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Now you have met Antony and heard about his latest collection The Nagasaki Elder, we hear more from him on poetry in this second part of the interview.

BL RH AntonyAntony Owen reading at the Restless Bones Book Launch 2014 © Rang-Zeb

1. What are your plans for 2018?

To rest, to spend more time with loved ones who I have avoided over the years. Five poetry collections in 8 years on gruelling subjects take a toll. So, to rest then and find some joy again.

2. What advice would you give to poets writing about conflict?

Write about it but be aware of the impact it will have on you. I hope all writers pen even one poem because poetry has to say something or it says nothing. What will our future generations say if artists are silent? In many cases propaganda and art were bedfellows in WW1 and WW2 but we…

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