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Selected Poetry of A. P. Bowen (fl. 1918-1919)


from Representative Poetry On-line
Prepared by members of the Department of English at the University of Toronto
from 1912 to the present and published by the University of Toronto Press from 1912 to 1967.
RPO Edited by Ian Lancashire
A UTEL (University of Toronto English Library) Edition
Published by the Web Development Group, Information Technology Services, University of Toronto Libraries
© 2004, Ian Lancashire for the Department of English, University of Toronto

Index to poems

  1. I Love Corned Beef


Notes on Life and Works

Little is known of this soldier-poet of the First World War. At least three of his poems were originally published in The Stars and Stripes, an eight-page weekly brought out in France by the American Expeditionary Force (AEF) of the United States Army from February 8, 1918, to June 13, 1919. These three poems were also selected for an anthology that came out in book form in 1919: "If I were a Cootie," "The R.T.O," and ""I Love Corned Beef." Bowen signed himself a sergeant radio telephone operator (that is, he went into battle with his company's radio on his back).

Biographical information

Given name: A. P.
Family name: Bowen
Floruit: 1918-1919
Nationality: American
First RPO edition: 2004