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May.19.2011
234 (www.234journal.com)
Providential Pairings by Scott Owens My friend, Gregory, was perhaps the greatest female impersonator the city of Charlotte has ever seen. For the eleven years that I knew him, he was Patti LaBelle, and he was so good at it that after every performance he was surrounded by men who wanted to be with him and overwhelmed by invitations to go home with them....
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May.12.2011
Pirene's Fountain, Volume 4, Issue 9
Six Degrees of Collaboration:  An Essay on the Creative Process in the Second Person by Scott Owens You decide to write a poem.  You’ve read plenty of poetry, so you have some idea of what you’re doing.  You figure you don’t need anyone’s help to do this.  You certainly don’t need to collaborate with anyone. ...
May.12.2011
Scott Owens Bibliography   Books Owens, Scott. The Persistence of Faith. Charlotte: Sandstone, 1994. Owens, Scott. Deceptively Like a Sound. Winston-Salem: Dead Mule, 2008. http://www.deadmule.com/poetry/2008/04/scott-owens-deceptively-like-a-sound-a-chapbook/ Owens, Scott. The Fractured World. Charlotte: Main Street Rag, 2008. Owens, Scott....
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Oct.23.2009
Poetry Hickory is a monthy reading series held the second Tuesday of each month from 6:30 - 8:00 P.M. at Taste Full Beans Coffee House (29 Second St. NW) in downtown Hickory, NC.  Each reading is preceded by Writers' Night Out, beginning at 5:00 also at Taste Full Beans, coordinated by Scott Owens as NC Writers' Network Regional Representative.  These meetings...
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Oct.22.2009
Outlook
Top 10 Reasons to Go to a Poetry Reading In this age of universal literacy, poetry readings might seem a strange concept.  Why would one give up an evening of watching The Biggest Loser or Dancing with the Stars to listen to someone read to them what they could easily read, and perhaps more easily understand, on their own?  In the very old days, a poetry reading...
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Oct.22.2009
Outlook
HOW TO READ A POEM "Musings" from August 26, 2009  This one comes in direct response to a reader who wrote to me that he doesn’t read much poetry because it never makes any sense to him.  This is not the first time I’ve heard this complaint about poetry.  The problem, I think, with understanding poetry is that we don’t encounter it often enough. ...
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Oct.22.2009
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Why Poetry?  It’s a question that every poet who has ever been interviewed has been asked and a question that I ask my own writing students every semester.  But it may really be two questions.  The reasons, after all, for reading poetry can be quite different than the reasons for writing it.  And the simple truth is, as with most things people do, the reasons for...
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Oct.22.2009
Outlook
How Does Poetry Work? Any attempt at answering that question is doomed to be inadequate for the simple fact that what we call poetry varies greatly and works in an incomprehensible range of ways.  Nevertheless, as Robert Frost said, “There are roughly zones,” and there is a great deal to be learned as a poet or a reader from attempting to answer the question, and...
Poem
Jan.16.2009
Dead Mule
Poem
Jul.11.2008
Poet & Critic, 1992
Breakings   There were always bottles in the well house, lined up on 2 X 4s, piled in boxes, hidden above the door. He hung them, bottoms up, on the sticks he planted in the pasture. Sometimes he used coffee cans, milk jugs, a red-lined slopjar, anything to make a noise as it swallowed the rocks or took the blows hard against its side. But nothing could match the...