"Who says my poems are poems?
My poems are not poems.
When you know that my poems are not poems,
then we can speak of poetry."
--Ryokan (1758-1831), Zen hermit-poet
Born into a family of artists, clergy, cowboys, fly fishermen, and poets, Owen studied for a decade with a New Mexican wise woman and wilderness guide who ushered him through a “curriculum” of meditation, dream-tracking, poem-incubation, and earth-spirit work in the mountains, forests, and arroyos of Colorado and New Mexico.
Influenced by the Chan (Zen)/Daoist hermit-poet tradition, American eco-poetry, and the wider human lineage of cross-cultural mystical and shamanic poetry, Owen's poems are shaped by the seasons, diverse landscapes, path-crossings with curanderos and other “travelers,” myth-lines in the deeper strata of ancestral memory, and dreams.
His poems have been published in literary journals with a contemplative and ecological focus, such as Written River: The Journal of Eco-Poetics and The Wayfarer.
In the Spring of 2017, Owen's first book of poetry, The School of Soft-Attention, was selected as the winner of the 2017 Homebound Publications Poetry Prize. The School of Soft-Attention will be published by Homebound Publications and available for purchase in September 2018.
He is working on a second book of poetry.