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Owen Lowery (1968 - 2021)

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  • Owen Lowery was born in 1968. Formerly a British Judo champion, he suffered a spinal injury while competing and became a ventilator-dependent tetraplegic. He had an MA in Creative Writing from Bolton University, where he also completed his PhD in the extrospective poetry of Keith Douglas. His poetry appeared in Stand, PN Review, the Guardian and on the BBC. Owen was also an accomplished performer of his poetry and featured regularly at a wide range of major festivals and venues. His poems were listed in the Bridport Prize, the Welsh Open Poetry Competition, the Virginia Warbey Prize, and the International Sonnet Competition. He passed away in May 2021.
    'These poems powerfully depict the tenuousness of our brief existences...There is solace to be found in Lowery's work, which reminds us that ephemerality is something we can learn to accept, even as we struggle to survive...a moving exploration of precarity'

    Ryo Yamaguchi, Poetry Foundation

    These are poems of hope and survival against almost unimaginable odds. Following a car crash and a near-death experience in February 2020, Owen Lowery's The Crash Wake presents the latest chapter in his extraordinary and moving life journey.In this unique personal testament, we discover an undauntable and indomitable spirit, as Lowery unflinchingly faces questions such as 'which of us to save / and let go, weigh us all, like snowfall'. In his awareness of the fragility and preciousness of all life, despite and through pain, and by celebrating both the minutiae of experience and the prevailing spirits of personal love and creative energy, Lowery reveals incomparably intimate and detailed insights into the meaning of human dignity, courage and heroism.

    Richard Berengarten

    Awards won by Owen Lowery (1968 - 2021) Winner, 2021 The Poetry Book Society Winter Wild Card (The Crash Wake and other poems)
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