Antony Owen




The Fencer

I had my hair cut by a man who spoke through scissors
he judged when my hair was short enough
this man was old but he made me tingle
perhaps I am gay because of this and
I like to fence olives in dirty martini’s.

I had my hair cut by a man who made my blood run cold
and I forgot to ask if he was gay in Daily Mail kind of way.
I had my hair cut and the scissors were gay scissors and blue.
It doesn’t matter that the blades were blue but fuck it they were gay.
Perhaps we should have shared a Martini and made it dirty,
ate brexit fish and chips from the mail and fenced with tongues.




Antony Owen was raised in the industrial heartland of Coventry which is a notable inspiration of his work. Owen is also a prolific writer on war poems and his fifth collection of poetry by V.Press will focus largely on the atomic devastation of Hiroshima and Nagasaki. This work was inspired by testimonies of atomic bomb survivors and years of research on the detritus of modern warfare on those caught up in it.


Note: After The Daily Mail headline: “The judges who blocked Brexit: One who founded a EUROPEAN law group, another charged the taxpayer millions for advice, and the third is an openly gay ex-Olympic fencer”.

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