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.
His Sunday Self
Frank stops for a second,
looks into the bathroom mirror,
he sees an amalgam of images
faces of other men blended into his own;
his father, his brothers and finally himself
a worn worker man, scraggly,
near the end of his ride
he strides out to find the pieces of himself
lost in a dusty scrapbook,
faded and to those close by,
no longer valid
he makes his attempts;
they are, by most standards
mediocre at best
he longs for another image of himself,
one he recognizes,
but it is not there
only the aged man
with his dreams
Jack G. Bowman