We Two-Leggeds are not limited to a physical body. We have capacities of perception beyond the usual five senses. Landscapes — inner, outer — can hold wisdom, healing-energy, memory, and teachings. A practice of attunement to the spirit of place is one viable path for the activity of a poet.
So begins Stirrup of the Sun & Moon — a collection of poems rooted in the seasons, landscape, ancestry, memory of place, and the churning gyre of the soul. As you make your way through Frank LaRue Owen’s third book of poetry, you will notice two features — both inspired by customs from early Chinese poetry — that orient and augment the poems. Every poem (with the exception of one) was composed be read with music and contains a liner note that includes the name of a song, its album, and composer. Additionally, some of the poems are place-centric and include the name and place coordinates associated with the poem. As you travel through Stirrup of the Sun & Moon, you will encounter poems-as-memory and poems-as-markers on a map, inspired by such diverse places as Northern California and Colorado, Mississippi and New Mexico. Saddle up!
Praise for Stirrup of the Sun & Moon
I’ve been a fan of Frank LaRue Owens’ books and poetry for almost two decades. Frank has a gift—a unique way of activating the soul of the reader to a connection of the collective Soul—to the personal and transpersonal qualities of Presence and Essence. All of Frank’s poetry, and especially “Stirrup of the Sun & Moon”, suggests to me that he knows these places within us and around us and we are the better for it. Highly recommended! –Byron Metcalf, PhD, Musician and shamanic practitioner
I read these simple, straightforward words with gratitude. I recognize in them a tradition that helped me stray into the woods as a youth: American Zen. Stripped of pretension, blending the mundane with the arcane, Frank LaRue Owen’s words have a gentle way of reminding us what’s interesting about life without preaching, nor seeming above an earthy level of living. —Robert Rich, composer and ambient musician