a chapbook of 26 poems

(Finishing Line Press)

I took your book with me with a few others to read over a cappuccino, and would you know, once I started I couldn't put it down! Your effervescent and witty word-play kept me wanting to see what you would be up to next! I enjoyed the book immensely,   it left me upbeat and happy.

~ Janet Lee Butler - Award-Winning Poet & Artist


is an all exhilarating win!

John Rowe writes from his own unique Cosmic Dimension: a diverting landscape jammed with intriguing gambols of logic and my favorite concept – understanding. Rare in the Po World – you, the reader, are actually welcome to visit. You’ll have a great time and immediately begin to send poemcards to all your friends: WISH YOU WERE HERE!

A lyric voice at its best, John Rowe’s ruminations are mind teasing, cool, and more satisfying than a play date with Plato. That voice speaks with the clarity of a shining dream: dazzling in its understatement. Like the mind turnings of Jorge Luis Borges, John Rowe poems are always a delight.    

If you buy one poetry book this millennium, don’t gamble. Win with WINSOME LOSESOME.

~ Marvin R. Hiemstra - Poet & Critic

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What Do We Know?

You don’t know

the half of it.

Honestly, I don’t know

the other half of it.

Does then the whole of it

have a hole in it

of equivalent size,

making our I don’t know halves

into one transparent whole

of nothing to know?

We might need to undivide

our pie-sliced empty bliss

in order to grow. Perhaps

we can be aware of what is more

than a measure of halves or wholes

on our quest to know.

- John Rowe