The Persistence of Faith is a fresh strong rethinking, reknowing, of our religious truths. Scott Owens' love for these materials is fierce and true, and out of it he brings poems fierce and true. Here is one to read joyfully and admire plentifully.
Fred Chappell, Poet Laureate of North Carolina
If, as Paul Eluard suggested, "there is another world but it exists in this one," then Scott Owens' poems offer definitive proof. Transformative and surprising, The Persistence of Faith is the excellent debut of a new voice in American poetry.
Stuart Dischell, Author of Good Hope Road, Evenings and Avenues, and Dig Safe
Whether he is speaking as Veronica or the widow of Saint Sebastian, or imagining the Creator Himself at his labor, Scott Owens is never unaware of the ambiguities of his several voices, all the while keeping his gaze firmly fixed on that "something" that "knows the moment / of sunflower, the time of crow's open wing, / the time of moss growing on rock, / and water washing it away."
Kathryn Stripling Byer, North Carolina Poet Laureate