"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 landscape and the seasons, archetypal psychology, the Ch’an/Daoist hermit-poet tradition, and Zen living.

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 PublicationsAmazon.comRakuten KoboIndiebound, and Barnes & Noble.

At present, Owen is completing his second book of poetry entitled In the Temple of Warm Harmony (Fall 2019).