Second Prayer

Second Prayer

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Second Prayer creates gut-punch portraits of daydreaming laborers and drunken rages, skinny-dipping and scarecrows, suspected murders and specters who loiter on rooftops.

While these narrative poems use unrelenting candor to unveil the crushing violence of poverty, the writer delivers verses with a musical language that balances both lyric and storytelling traditions.

The contrasting collage creates a symphony of brutality and beauty, rhythm and ruckus, sadness and serenity. It reminds us that our messiest moments are also our most human.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 36 pages
  • 102 x 152 x 2mm | 27g
  • English
  • 1735363715
  • 9781735363714

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"In this quiet and haunting collection, John Stanford Owen gifts us with what feels like family secrets: a drunken fall from the hayloft, the scrape of his grandfather's knives, a piano pawned to pay the bills, a congregation of slugs, water belted around the waist of a new love. A question stirs in the undercurrent of these poems: what brings us together and what keeps us apart? These poems, in their reflection and longing, seem to answer: everything, everything."

-Ruth AwadAuthor of Set to Music a Wildfire

"Meditative, generous, and often heart-breaking, these poems compel us to consider the lives of people whose stories might otherwise go unnoticed. Second Prayer presents a genealogy of the poet in lines that are technically flawless, avoiding, always, clichés about rural life. The sonic power of John Stanford Owen's poems is profound; his lexicon is textured and beautiful. It's impossible not to speak his work aloud to yourself as you read. His work is the real thing: unflinching, luminous."

-Martha GreenwaldAuthor of Other Prohibited Items

"I need to describe this flawlessly," writes John Owen, and every syllable of Second Prayer is flawlessly precise, vivid, and tender. Each poem is a lamp that illuminates the poet's haunted past, a mirror made from knives that nevertheless holds " sitting inside a silence / not even crickets dared enter."

-Tom HunleyAuthor of Here Lies and Plunk
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