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ABOUT THE POET

 
 
 
JOHN ROWE

 
Author of At My Wit's Beginning (Eventuality Press, 2003/2007) and Winsome Losesome (Eventuality Press, 2010)

Poems have appeared or are forthcoming in: Bay Area Poets Seasonal Review, Brevities, Carquinez Poetry Review, The Crazy Child Scribbler, GRRRRR--A Collection of Poems About Bears (Arctos Press), Minotaur, Out of OurPoetry Depth Quarterly, Remembering (anthology of Poets' Dinner contest winners), San Francisco Peace & Hope (online) and elsewhere. 

Frequent award-winner in Artists Embassy International's Annual Dancing Poetry Festival Contests, including a Grand Prize (2002) and a First Prize (2010)

Grand Prize winner in the first Bay Area Poets Seasonal Review Contest 2010

In 2008, served on the selection committee for the first poet laureate of Albany, California: Christina Hutchins. 

Co-host of the monthly (2nd Fridays) Last Word Poetry Reading Series, held at Nefeli Caffe in Berkeley.

Long-time President of the Bay Area Poets Coalition and co-editor of Poetalk magazine.  
 
 

EDUCATION

Berkeley High School - Class of 1982

San Diego State University - BA English/Creative Writing, 1987

 

 

MEMBER OF

Academy of American Poets

Artists Embassy International

Bay Area Poets Coalition

California Federation of Chaparral Poets 

 Alameda Island Poets

Ina Coolbrith Circle

Tanka Society of America

 

 

SOME FAVORITE/INFLUENTIAL POETS

Billy Collins

Jane Hirshfield

Mary Oliver

Linda Pastan

Charles Simic

Mark Strand

James Tate

 

To Rowe or not... 

 

not the quintessential poet

rather a poet of few words

turning them within context

tuning them to serpent harmonies

coiled meanings, twisted finales

seemingly simple he takes our hand

as a child might, or a man, leading

or being led into an alchemist's

retort, a philosopher's stone,

his scant words like dross pile up

suddenly spiraling into gold.

 

Tom Odegard, 3/12/05





"At My Wit's Beginning, is a delightful and thought provoking collection that will make even the most cool and reserved among us laugh out loud at least once! If you appreciate the brevity and surrealism of Richard Brautigan and the dry wit of comedian Stephen Wright then this is for you." 

– Robin Michel, poet & writer (Fremont, CA)



 
 

 

                               Poem from At My Wit's Beginning:


                                 

                               

                               The Silver Lining


                        Walking for hours (days perhaps),

                        bones pressing against skin,

                        I come upon

                        a fork in the road.

 

                        I pick it up

                        and pick up the pace

                        in hopes of soon finding

                        the knife and the spoon,

 

                        then my place at a table

                        with plate of food

                        providing nourishment needed

                        to continue this awkward journey.

 

                        – John Rowe

 
 
 
 
 
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