by George J. Dance

Stars and stripes 1918

Stars and Stripes, 1918. Courtesy Library of Congress.

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


Little is known of Bowen. 3 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 3 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]

See alsoEdit


  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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