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The Stack of Owls is Getting Higher

The Stack of Owls is Getting Higher


The Stack of Owls is Getting Higher is a pamphlet of poems by Dawn Watson.

“Low clouds scuff the tips of oaks

edging the long field.


The border between our tents and yews


where sharp men with long ears,

tall women with crescent smiles

and string children with oranges for eyes

stand in the dark.”

Page count: 36

Publication date: 13th June 2019

Paperback ISBN: 9781912915330

Dawn Watson

Dawn Watson is a writer from Belfast. She is currently a PhD candidate at Queen’s University, writing a prose poem novel and researching prose poetics. She worked as a sub editor in newspapers such as The Sunday Times in London, The News of the World in Dublin and The Mirror in Belfast. She completed a Masters in Poetry at the Seamus Heaney Centre in 2018 after winning the Ruth West Poetry Scholarship. She was a 2018 Poetry Ireland Introductions Series poet and won the Doolin Writers’ Poetry Award in the same year. Her writing has been published in journals including The Manchester Review, Blackbox Manifold, The Stinging Fly, The Moth and The Tangerine. She lives in Belfast with her wife, and has a son, Art.


The poems in The Stack of Owls is Getting Higher are set in Georgia, Tennessee and the Carolinas and the poet’s native Belfast, featuring speakers who drive from place to place and capturing the in-between states in which so much of experience is actually lived.

Precise and strange images coalesce into physical and interior landscapes. Alternately surreal and direct, and always joyously inventive, Watson offers a clear and unsettling vision of what is and isn’t there.

‘This short collection showcases a huge range of skills and topics, but most of all, Dawn Watson’s powerful imagination and slanted world view.’ – London Grip

‘… A scrupulous and tender lens trained on non-biological, same-sex parenthood.’- Ambit Magazine

Additional information

Dimensions 12.9 × 19.8 cm

Print, eBook

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