When, in January 2008, Harry Owen moved to the Eastern Cape from England he had no idea what to expect of life there. Indeed, some of his closest friends had warned him against going to live in such a ‘dangerous’ place.
But now he knows that, for all its many problems, South Africa is one of the world’s most stunningly beautiful and genuinely miraculous places. The poems in Non-Dog, Owen’s fourth collection, represent his response to that realisation.
“The range of his poetry, its accessibility and openness, are among the noteworthy aspects of the collection. He writes with honesty, directness and humour about the world as he finds it.”
– Ken Head (Ink Sweat & Tears)
“Owen has burnished ... his poems with exquisite attention to form.”
– Janet van Eeden (LitNet)
“I am very impressed ... warmed by the sensitivity, moved by the strength of this work.”
– Joan Poulson
Harry Owen’s poems “resonate as though they could not possibly have been written in any other way and never seem contrived.”
– Adam Donaldson Powell (Book SA)
“Some astonishingly good poems - A Communion of Wasps, Purgatory and ... oh, loads of others that really hit the mark. I hope the book is a real success.”
– John Lindley