by George J. Dance
Life and workEdit
Little is known of Bowen. Three of his poems – "If I were a Cootie," "The R.T.O," and "I Love Corned Beef" – were published in the Stars and Stripes, a weekly published in France by the American Expeditionary Force of the United States Army between February 8, 1918, and June 13, 1919.
The same three poems by Bowen were published in the 1919 anthology YANKS: A.E.F. Verse Originally Published in "The Stars and Stripes" The Official Newspaper of the American Expeditionary Forces. (New York: G. P. Putnam's Sons, The Knickerbocker Press, 1919). "I Love Corned Beef" was also printed in the anthology (which may be the same anthology retitled), Songs From The Trenches: A collection of verses by American soldiers in France.
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