Overall, this is a very hopeful book, despite the represented father’s own dysfunctional childhood. The issue of abuse is no surprise in Scott Owens’ work. His previous collection “The Fractured World” delved deeply into the abusive role a father can play in a son’s life. There is less violence in Paternity as the formerly abused son becomes a nurturing father who proactively seeks to break the cycle of failed parenting. The topic of parenting and straightforward diction make Paternity a very accessible book. Too many people connote accessible with poetry that is somehow lesser but that is not the case here. This is a collection that will hold the attention of poets because it is well-crafted but this is a also a book which is definitely open to the non-poetry reader.
Causes Scott Owens Supports
Poetry Hickory Hickory Soup Kitchen Temple Beth Shalom Hickory Women's Resources Center