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.

a lot from a little

Last Saturday, while watching two men on motor scooters zip down the street… …I suddenly remembered hearing someone say, “A moped?  Do they even make mopeds now?” When and where had I heard that question? After some mental searching, I … Continue reading

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stopping myself before I start

A recent dream shows a simple way out of conflict. In the dream… Two men prepare to fight in the middle of a large dark room. They face one another in wrestling stances.  A crowd of men surrounds them, eager … Continue reading

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down the creek

Even those who believe dreams are meaningless nonsense must admit… …a dream can sometimes be such fun. In a recent dream… I’m following a trail through a wooded city park. On the bank of a creek, I find a section … Continue reading

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