"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 landscapes and the seasons, Ch’an/Daoist hermit-poetic tradition, and quiet Zen living.

He studied for a decade with a Zen woman who, inspired by Ch’an and Daoist tradition, blended silent illumination (Ch’an/Zen meditation), dreamwork, mountain-and-forest spirituality (“landscape practice”), and poetics into a unified path. Additionally, Owen studied eco-literature and eco-poetry with the late Jack Collom of the Jack Kerouac School of Disembodied Poetics.

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 a year later and is available for sale through Homebound PublicationsAmazon.comRakuten KoboIndiebound, and Barnes & Noble.

In late 2018, one of the poems from The School of Soft-Attention, The Bouquet of the Last Direction, was nominated for a Pushcart Prize.

Owen’s second book of poetry, The Temple of Warm Harmony, will be released in the Fall of 2019 by Homebound Publications.

He is at work on a third book of poetry.