"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 studied for a decade with a Zen woman who, inspired by Ch’an and Daoist tradition, blended silent illumination (meditation), dreamwork, mountain-and-forest spirituality (“landscape practice”), and poetics into a unified path. Additionally, he studied eco-literature and eco-poetry with the late Jack Collom of the Jack Kerouac School of Disembodied Poetics.
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 was released by Homebound Publications a year later and is available for sale through Homebound Publications, Amazon.com, Rakuten Kobo, Indiebound, and Barnes & Noble.
At present, Owen is completing his second book of poetry entitled In the Temple of Warm Harmony (Fall 2019).