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.
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
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
the finish line.
Jack G. Bowman