"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."

Ryōkan (1758-1831), Zen hermit-poet


My poetry over the years has been a blend of styles, ranging from retrospective free verse and haiku to experimental dream poems.

For over a decade, I published on the now-expired poetry blogs Bodhiyatra, The Dream Spiral, and Pure Land Poetry. During the start of the COVID pandemic, I switched my focus and published poems, primarily inspired by Nature and contemplative practice, here at Hawk of the Pines.

In early Spring 2021, I paused all online publishing and stepped out of public space to embark on a series of retreats, pursue further post-graduate education in spirituality-informed-psychotherapy, and to focus on some other writing.

My first three books of poetry (published under the name Frank LaRue Owen) include The School of Soft-Attention, The Temple of Warm Harmony, and Stirrup of the Sun & Moon, all published by Homebound Publications.

In the Spring of 2017, 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.

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

My second book of poetry, The Temple of Warm Harmony, released in August 2019, was nominated in 2020 for a Mississippi Institute of Arts and Letters Award.

The last book in the series with Homebound, Stirrup of the Sun & Moon, was released in April 2020.

At present, like so many people in these strange and troubling times, I am navigating day-by-day --- tending an organic garden, hillwalking in the Georgia Piedmont, studying the Yi Jing (I Ching), and cultivating a new offering of transpersonal soulwork at Lanterna Soulwork.

Current audiobooks in my ever-rotating queue: Sacred Earth, Sacred Soul by John Philip Newell, The Book of Taliesin by Rowan Williams, The Highly-Sensitive Person by Elaine Aron, and in my Kindle app I'm delving into Roland Evans' wonderful book Seeking Wholeness: Insights into the Mystery of Experience and Emma Restall Orr's The Wakeful World: Animism, Mind and the Self in Nature.