Jack was born to a workin' class family in southwestern Ohio, but soon moved to southern California where he lives today. Changes in subculture as well as the 'spirit of the times' affected his writing and philosophy. He graduated from California State Polytechnic University in Pomona in 1986 with a Bachelor of Arts in Behavioral Science. He graduated from Pacific Oaks College in Pasadena with a Master of Arts in Marriage, Family and Child Counseling in 1997.
His work in the mental health field since 1984, as well as his own bizarre life experiences, figure prominently in his poetry, art, songs and prose. Jack is a licensed Psychotherapist in the Los Angeles area.
He has been a published poet since 1991. Approximately 500 of his poems have been displayed in small presses, anthologies, and on the internet. He has self-published 12 books of poetry.
There is a warm spot on the back of his head
where the central nervous system is gridlocked
he tries to see, but can only feel
a weather system; overcast, cumulonimbus
he wades through
so much runoff,
it climbs up over his shoes, cold fingers,
pull his pants, legs down
weight of sense water
he makes it to the car
pushes seat back, cracks sunroof,
slightly lowers back windows
he needs to drive, breathe,
thenů blankets, sleep,
when he arrives
after the long journey
on the far side
of this storm.
Jack G. Bowman