Author Archives: Michael Patton

About Michael Patton

I am a poet, novelist, and fabulist...A new mythologist, a peace miller, a dream worker...I don't qualify as an illustrator or photographer--I just "make pictures"...I have thirteen books available at amazon... I currently reside in northwest Arkansas, but have lived and worked all over the United States... I'm self-taught, for the most part--which is like searching for the right door in the dark. It's an on-going process.... I don't want to write MY story, I want OUR story, so that's what I'm studying: the human story: past, present, future, in its many aspects--including the spiritual. I'm proceeding at a slow crawl.... I don't see the inner world and outer world as separate. By learning about myself, I learn about others, I learn about my world.... Conversely, as I struggle to understand what I see OUT THERE, I learn about myself.... But to be clear: I don't claim any special understanding. I'm still purblind, still only half-awake.... After frustrating experience with the publisher of my first novel, I've published on my own, beginning with e-books, with plans to move into print and audio. Even video.... Along with a second novel, I've now published eight books of poetry. Each poetry book focuses on a theme. For instance, the collection GLORIOUS TEDIOUS TRANSFORMATION is about the slow difficult wonderful process of change.... In that book, as with all my work, I try to be accessible to a general audience, while also striving to achieve a certain literary quality.

giving myself a break

My dreams tell me many things…but more often than not, they say: you’re fighting with yourself. Consider this recent dream… An office supervisor leaves his company at the end of the day and heads down a stairway. Inside the office, … Continue reading

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back on my feet

When I see a friend in a dream, am I dreaming about him or am I dreaming about me? Consider this recent dream… I kneel before “G” as she lies in bed.  I’m distraught, confused—I can see my friend is … Continue reading

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seeing the real enemy

Another mass shooting has us again asking “why?”… But we’re not just trying to understand the actions of one person; we’re trying to understand ourselves.  Understand not just his violence, but the violence we do to each other. Here’s how … Continue reading

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a dream of Titanic proportions

My dreams tell me where I’m headed… …just as your dreams tell you where you’re headed. But does a dream ever go beyond the personal?  Do our dreams ever tell us where the world is headed? In a dream from … Continue reading

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visiting the mystery

According to a recent dream, I want to be in two places at once. In the dream… I drive with some male friends to an isolated country field at night. We park and walk down a trail to a copse … Continue reading

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musing on my muse

I like to say, “I don’t rely on any muse, but on my own hard work.” However, a recent dream tells me that I do listen to a muse. In the dream… I’m on one side of an empty room. … Continue reading

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