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.

me too?

Me too? In a recent dream, our national conversation becomes a personal conversation… Consider the dream… I’m in a large spacious hall, talking to a helpful bank employee.  As we part, I touch her lightly on the shoulder—a spontaneous act … Continue reading

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Galaxy Sleep

Our dreams remind us how extraordinary our ordinary lives are.  GALAXY SLEEP According to one theory… as we ease into sleep our minds begin to spiral and expand like a hurricane like a galaxy: though we think we rest we … Continue reading

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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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