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.
Listening to Blackstar
Feeling Bowie’s pain in each note
wistful strains that float through the music,
then out from the speakers
I relate to it, I feel it too,
as if the whole western world were dying with him
all our hopes and our ‘generation’
being picked off one by one
a Los Vegas sniper
for all who love, hope and wish
mad searches desperately through the music
for a ray
that shines upon youth
to take up the mantel
I imagine it’s there
I want it to be there
he tries so hard to create it
or manifest it
while the rest of us wonder, if we have something inside
that exudes that much
Jack G. Bowman