In Occasional Hymns, Paul Bowers explores life on the Oklahoma prairies - the land and its fruits, love, family, and memories both personal and universal. While the people in these poems may be plain-spoken, the poet hones language sharp as a plowshare and digs deep into the heart of the earth. These poems may echo William Stafford, Ted Kooser, and other Midwestern masters, but in the end they are pure Bowers - and pure gold.
—Don Stinson, author of Flatline Horizon
Here is a wry but tender reverence for things past - where we come from, what we have been, that which makes us who we are. Bowers' Hymns are skillfully depicted and phrased with care.
—Ken Hada, author of Bring an Extry Mule