"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
Frank LaRue Owen
Owen, whose art name is Wandering Stone Lantern, studied for a decade with a Zen woman who blended meditation, dreamwork, poetics, and mountain-and-forest spirituality into a spiritual path. He also studied eco-literature and eco-poetry with the late Jack Collom.
In the Spring of 2017, his 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 was released by Homebound Publications on September 18, 2018 and is available for sale through Homebound Publications, Amazon.com, Rakuten Kobo, Indiebound, and Barnes & Noble.