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.

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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following the ant path

A recent dream demonstrates the value of ants… In the dream… I’m walking alone through a land of drought.  A layer of dust, at least a foot thick, covers the barren ground. Fortunately, I have a trail to follow—a narrow … Continue reading

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nothing to brag about, really

Researchers tell us sleep deprivation can negatively effect concentration, creativity, short and long-term memory, problem-solving skills, and judgment. But despite these well-established facts, NFL coaches brag about how little they sleep… Bill Belichick claims he never sleeps during the season. … Continue reading

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