"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


Frank LaRue Owen’s poetry is influenced by dreams, the energies of the seasons, archetypal psychology, the Ch’an/Daoist hermit-poet tradition, and Zen living.

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 PublicationsAmazon.comRakuten KoboIndiebound, and Barnes & Noble.

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