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  November 2004
volume 2 number 4
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  home   (archived)
  contributing poets
  Matthew A. Barraza
  Tom Berman
  Jack G. Bowman
  Quiana Briggs
  Tony Bush
  Joseph Camhi
  Velene Campbell
  Michael Ceraolo
  Rosemarie Crisafi
  Dan Danila
  Francisco Dominguez
  John Feins
  Daniel Garcia-Black
  Ursula T. Gibson
  Larry Jaffe
  Donna Kuhn
  Marie Lecrivain
  Sharmagne Leland-St. John
  Laura A. Lionello
  Harold Lorin
  Rick Lupert
  Stosh Machek
  Kelly Ann Malone
  Terry McCarty
  Tim Peeler
  James Pinkerton
  Beverly J. Raffaele
  E.W. Richardson
  Ken Scott
  Wanda Vanhoy Smith
  Rev. Dave Wheeler
  Robert D. Wilson
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Jack G. Bowman
November 2004



Madame Aperture

    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.
Jack's website




Frank follows the story on the local news;

a man and woman come on

with less polish than the networks,

describe in horrific clarity

the double murder in Bodega Bay.

Frank listens, and then sits with pad at the ready

mind races through, clues, days, times.

He wants to figure out the school yard game

played during evil recesses,

wants to help solve


He remembers his efforts on

Green River, Hillside, Dahmer.

All eventually won

by someone else.

He thinks of the others

that elude capture:

Jon Benet's murder, the Zodiac, Jack the Ripper.

Wonders how much effort, time

and energy

this one will take.

Tries to forget

the look in that picture on the news,

the victim in happier times

with eyes that stare at him through the screen,

in dark and in unimaginable pain

that beg for the help which never came.

He takes a deep breath

picks up the pad, and

races toward

the finish line.

copyright 2004 Jack G. Bowman