"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

Frank Inzan Owen


I am a poet, hillwalker, and Wayfarer of a Nature-oriented path of contemplative spirituality shaped by elements of philosophical Taoism and Ch'an/Zen practice. In addition to mountains, forests, rivers, and the teachings embedded within the spirit of the four seasons, I draw inspiration from dreams, Jungian psychology, and the tradition of hermit-poets and solitary mountain-and-forest sages, East and West.


Like so many in the U.S., I am a genetic "stew of ancestries", with the majority of my DNA hailing from central Scotland. I reside in the U.S., in the north-central Georgia Piedmont ("foot of the mountains"), near the Chattahoochee National Forest, what was originally sacred lands held-in-care by the Muscogee (Creek) and Tsalagi (Cherokee).


When I am not tending a vegetable garden, or wandering the high hills, I hold space for people through a form of soul-tending and spiritual companioning I call Lanterna Soulwork.


POETRY


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


My first three books of poetry, published under my birth 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 Publications, Stirrup of the Sun & Moon, was released in April 2020.


I recently completed a fourth book of poetry.