"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 LaRue Owen's poetry has been a blend of styles ranging from retrospective free verse and haiku to experimental dream poems. For over a decade, he published on the poetry blogs Bodhiyatra, Dream Spiral, and Pure Land Poetry. During the pandemic, he switched focus and published poems primarily inspired by Nature and contemplative practice on a blog he called Hawk of the Pines. In Spring 2021, Frank paused all online publishing and stepped out of public space to embark on a series of retreats, pursue further post-graduate education, and focus on other writing.



His first three books of poetry 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.


His 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.