Patrick

Songs About Robots

None of these twelve songs are about real robots — the self-propelled mechanical lackeys that vacuum our homes, deliver our packages, and show us the surface of Mars. But some of the songs do mock our fears of the little Frankenstein monsters we’ve created, or the bigger ones we might someday.
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Characters & Caricaturas

What if the features splayed across my face
Did not do justice to my character?
‘They are all male’ and ‘They are all in wigs’
Tom Lubbock wrote, but they are not the same.
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John Milton, Rock Star

You think you know something about John Milton. He was blind. He was English. He was a Puritan. He wrote that interminably long poem about Adam and Eve, the one that literature majors perhaps still labor (or slumber) through.
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Van Gogh’s Postman

What does he deliver, the postman?
Unfinished pale streaks coming together in one hand,
Blood red outlining the other, blue etches that show the sky,
What do they possess?
What did he see in those beady dark eyes that followed him around the studio,
Pink face vomiting green beard?

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Why I Write

I write because I like words. The way they sound. Alone. In sequence. The way they mean things. How their meanings change, multiply, when collected together. I like sentences even better.
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On the pleasure of attending book signings

Something I’ve been doing as I prepare to transition from “aspiring novelist” to “actual novelist” is attending a lot of book signings. I’m fortunate to live near a number of good independent bookstores, so there’s never a shortage of interesting writers passing through town.
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