Author Archives: Michael Patton

About Michael Patton

I am a poet, novelist, essayist, cartoonist, graphic artist, peace miller, new mythologist, and fledgling world citizen.... I grew up in Northwest Arkansas and 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 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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let sleeping paperclips lie

Sometimes it’s best to let sleeping paperclips lie… …according to a recent dream. In the dream… On the concrete pavement near my feet, I spot two paperclips. I try to pick one of them up.  But it keeps moving away … Continue reading

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getting the message

A recent dream shows I’m making progress on a problem… In the dream… I’m ascending, floor by floor, through a large modern shopping mall… At each floor, I walk through a hallway behind the stores until I’ve made a complete … Continue reading

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Russia rushing at me

A recent dream tells me to wake up… In the dream… I’ve just arrived in a busy Russian city, via an underground train. I wander around downtown, then enter the lobby of a church. Suddenly I realize I left my … Continue reading

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forward back

A recent dream has me considering the cost of being human… In the dream… A breakfast at a pleasant restaurant has just ended.  Several friends and acquaintances are in the process of leaving… I look at “D’s” table—she forgot to … Continue reading

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