Living Published Women Poets in the UK
Fiona Owen
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Fiona Owen poet
Fiona Owen was born in Cumberland, grew up in the Middle East and settled in Wales now living in Ynys Mon.


The Green Gate (forthcoming)

Going Gentle (Gomer, 2007)

Imaging the Full Hundred (Gwasg Pantycelyn, 2003)

O My Swan.(Flarestack, 2003)

Fiona Owen teaches literature, creative writing and humanities for the Open University and creative writing for Lifelong Learning, Bangor, Wales. She runs ‘Rhwng The Point Between’, an interdisciplinary society with an ongoing programme around the theme of ‘rhwng’ (between), at the Ucheldre Centre, Holyhead.

In collaboration with artist Ann Johnson, Fiona Owen produced a series of poem cards with one of her poems inside and an image in response to the poem on the front. The poem cards were part of a display of Ann Johnston’s work at the HOP Gallery in Lewes, East Sussex.

Fiona Owen also co-writes and performs music with her husband Gorwel Owen and musician Jim Knight. Previously she was singer-songwriter with Eirin Peryglus and part of the art-music project Plant Bach Ofnus. Some of her poems from Going Gentle have been set to music.

“Her poems come from a universal place, the deep roots of mysticism which appear in Taoism, Buddhism, and are also inherent in 13th century Christian mystics such as Mechthild of Magdeburg.  Like the Taoist sage who cherishes his te (natural goodness) this German visionary recognizes her “own true nature” as the reflection of the Divine.  The poet then is content just to be with “the mystery of things / and [with] spontaneous love”.  Feelings of “compassion” as “cold and love and sorrow.…/ in the heart centre,” evoked by the sight of a wren / on a fennel stalk” confirm Fiona’s personal spiritual qualities.  Fiona Owen’s  mystical philosophy is by no means contrived.  It is what the Taoists term “high te,” natural and spontaneous, integrated into her thoughts, and a consistent part of her life as teacher, animal lover, friend, and loving wife.  This is her second poetry collection, her first Imagining the Full Hundred was received with critical acclaim.  Her final poem, the title poem of the compilation, appears to be a mellow nod toWales’ most famous poet, Dylan Thomas.  What better way to complete this meditation on the suchness of things and the transience of all life.” Beryl Baigent


Blog: http://fionaowen.wordpress.com/


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