"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’s poetry is influenced by diverse sources including the teachings embedded within dreams, the seasons, various landscapes, and the churning gyre of the soul’s journey, resulting in a poetic path his late teacher referred to as deep-mapping of unseen reality…inner, outer.

Owen studied for a decade with a New Mexican wise woman who blended contemplative practice, dreamwork, and nature spirituality rooted in the forests, arroyos, and mountains of the American Southwest. The practice of Zen and poetry was inseparable from this path…along with lots of green chiles and pan-fried tortillas.

He also studied eco-literature and eco-poetry with the late Jack Collom, a poet and professor in the Jack Kerouac School of Disembodied Poetics at Naropa University in Boulder, Colorado.

Owen’s first book of poetry, The School of Soft-Attention, was selected as the winner of the 2017 Homebound Publications Poetry Prize, and garnered a Silver Nautilus Book Award in 2018.

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 by Homebound Publications was released in August 2019.

His third book of poetry, Stirrup of the Sun & Moon will be released by Homebound Publications in April 2020.