by George J. Dance

A.P. Bowen was an American poet and soldier of World War I.

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.[1]

Bowen identified himself as "Sergeant A.P. Bowen, Headquarters Company, 116th Supply Train,"[2] and also as a "sergeant radio telephone operator."[1]

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).[1] "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.[2]


  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 "Selected Poetry of A.P. Bowen: Notes on Life and Works," Representative Poetry Online, Web, June 9, 2011.
  2. 2.0 2.1 Enzo Capone, "Meat Poem: I Love Corned Beef By A.P. Bowen,", Jan. 9, 2011, Web, June 9, 2011.

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