Planet Earth: The Three Inn Keepers
Planet Earth: The Three Inn Keepers

Diciples of Critters
Disciples of Critters

Green Broke
Green Broke

Babies of Botany
Babies of Botany

Lusty Lyrics of the Web
Lusty Lyrics of the Web

Babies of Botany
Babies of Botany

Snake Spit
Snake Spit


All Billy Hell


Yaps


How Winter Comes to the Copper Country

 


Root Zone


Melt Off


Deciduous


Children of Corpses


Songs of Coyote


Pastebaby Black




100% of all the money Pat raises from services, book sales, readings (the money from the sales of books, tickets, and artwork) funds the Creative-Incentive Programs for Children series conducted by Lynne Wiercinski of the Ironwood Carnegie Library and Arlene Schneller of the Schneller Art Gallery. Both women will be available at the readings to answer questions about these programs. Feel free to contact Arlene at Arschneller@gmail.com or Lynne at Lynne@ironwoodcarnegie.org to learn more about the programs and the readings.


Lynne Wiercinski


Arlene Schneller

Excerpts and Reviews: Click on any book titles or the above cover images to read excerpts from the books and reviews of the books.

Duet

(For Grady)                   

 

Sweat drips

from my face

onto my hands.

The buzz

of the swarm of insects

that storm my head

harmonizes

with the clunking

of the hoe hitting

the ground,              

playing a harsh song

that tells me

to get tough, be angry--sting my sulking

teenage son

with words

that will pepper

him with remorse

for his half-ass work.

I'm re-hoeing,

re-weeding

rows of corn and beans--

showing him how

he should have done it.

I resist the message

of the insects and hoe;

I stay calm. I decide

to deliver

idealism grafted

to realism--

something too coherent

to weed the nutrition

without weeding

the flavor. 

Pounding the ground

like I'm trying to beat it

to submission, I say,

 

The most beautiful thing

I know is to truly care enough about what you're doing

to be able to stand back

when you're finished,

smile, and say,

Look at what I did!--

and feel proud:

whether you're making love,

hoeing and weeding a garden,

or conning a friend. 

I hoe with even more zest,

certain my hybrid words

are germinating

and will sprout

a perennial lesson. 

The insects and hoe

change the tune,

blast a fanfare. 

My son moves deeper

into the shade.

Periodically waving

the insects away

from his face,

he watches me awhile. 

Then he clears his throat

and says--

Or conning your father.

 

To donate to Pat's Creative-Incentive Programs for Children, send a check, money order, or cashier's check payable to Creative-Incentive Programs to:

Pat O'Neill

Creative-Incentive Programs
P.O. Box 724

Ironwood, MI 49938
For acknowledgement/ statemment/receipt of your donation, e-mail a request to Pat at: gccpat@gmail.com


Look at What Your Donations Help Create:

Every cent of your donation and money you spend on books or tickets helps fund the Creative-Incentive Programs that give children the rare inspirational experiences and opportunities to be creative that they crave and find so few of.


Babies of Botany begins and ends with death. In between, Patrick O'Neill celebrates life with zest, a healthy dose of cynicism, and a mission to debunk bias wherever he finds it. The book reads more like a novel than a collection of poems--each poem serves as a chapter that moves the story forward. O'Neill peoples his book with familiar characters: his sister, a botanist; young niece, an animal activist with high ideals; elderly uncle, a logger and philosopher. The poet punctures pretense wherever he spots it, and he doesn't spare himself. The only reason to put down this book would be to join O'Neill or his characters for a beer in a north woods bar.       Diane Montz

Join Pat O'Neill on a lush trek through anecdotes of human and animal nature, a richly scented exploration of familial life cycles whose gnarled paths entwine birth to death and decay, sprouting new life and re-birth. O'Neill's poems crack open dormant seeds of wonder and why, refreshing the reader with branching, inquisitive metaphors, stealthily invading our root-bound, shallow, footings. You'll find no artificial, placating answers here--just rough-hewn, achingly honest bites of reality, piercing the canopy of conventional habitat, allowing rivulets of free thought to doggedly pour through, reviving the subdued, wild truth that all of nature, human and otherwise, does not thrive separately, but is grafted intimately as one.  Vicki Parker

Pat winter

Watch for Pat O'Neill's next book release Conscience Cages in Spring 2017. Books will be available at: Carnegie Library, Nora's, Downtown Arts Place, Book World, Z-Place Gallery. GCC Bookstore.

As always, all money from book sales goes to creative-incentive programming for area children. 

Lynn, Arlene, Pat, and especially the children thank you. Focus on the photographs on this page. Become involved. You've helped generate what you can see and feel in the children and Lynne, the instructor--who have all been there.

A Story Bearing Experience:

Also watch for details of Pat's next Story-Bearing Event that will take place in conjunction with the book release of Conscience Cages  in the Spring 2017. The event's not about poetry or fiction or any other type of  writing. It's a release of stories  from vehicles with highfaluting identities and credentials--allowing the stories to muddle, ravish, amuse, confuse, challenge, etc. the minds of those who care to listen.

Patrick O'Neill, Teacher and Poet

At his blog, Frank J. Hutton reviews Pat's work and presents the following video of Pat recorded during a local reading.
Patrick O'Neill At Tacconelli's''       

Pat In Hurley
Pat O'Neill's Recent Book
        of Short Fiction:

Watch for Pat O'Neill's next book release--Conscience Cages--A collection of poems in Spring 2017.

Books will be available at: Carnegie Library, Nora's, Downtown Art Place, Book World, The Golden Dragon, Z-Place Gallery, GCC Bookstore.

As always, all money from book sales goes to creative-incentive programming for area children.

Recently Published Books Available Locally at:

  • Book World
  • Downtown  Art Place
  • G.C.C. Bookstore
  • Ironwood Carnegie Library
  • Nora's Bar
  • The Golden Dragon


You can order books directly from author by email, phone, or snail mail.

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 Bio: Writer of many published books and countless published poems, stories, and plays, Patrick O'Neill lives in Ironbwood in Michigan's Western Upper Peninsula, where he teaches college writing, gives readings, and offers writing services. As he has for years--and vows to continue to do as long as his mind and body can keep pace with his galloping aspirations--he donates 100% of all money from book, ticket, artwork sales, and services to a creative program series for children, conducted by Lynne Wiercinski of the Ironwood Carnegie Library and Arlene Schneller of Schneller Art Gallery

 

REVIEWS: from publishers, editors, journalists, and audiences of his Story Bearing Readings who have appraised periods of O'Neill's published and unpublished work from 1990-2017:

Books by Patrick O'Neill
 
Services

Patrick O'Neill observes the details and interactions of nature and human nature and, in his writing, shares his unsparing insights. Like his well-written short stories, his best poems have real people, conflicts, and revelations that delight the reader with resolving surprise.
Diane Montz 

In Patrick O'Neill's works, inner monologues and outer dialogues fold into episodes-vignettes of everyday living. He sprinkles his works with gentle treatments of the wisdom of animals, the revelations of plants. His work is a veritable Kaleidoscope of highly interesting slices of life. His empathic style touches the reader's heart-felt spirits while his offbeat wit and subtle irony produce provocative revelations.
Tom Bruneau

Patrick O'Neill's verse  with its wonderfully "everyman" characters brings so-called "common folks" to a literary immortality that demands his inclusion in the pantheon of old and new great poets.
Del Reitz


I do readings and conduct creative writing (prose and poetry) and poetry workshops. I've read at galleries, festivals, libraries and for book clubs, writing associations, and other organizations and share my writing and my writing experiences and insights with as many people as I can.
I also serve as a consultant for serious writers of poetry and short fiction.

Fees: I like to get traveling expenses and what you decide my services are worth. But I'll take whatever you can afford to donate.

Remember: 100% of all the money Pat raises from services, book sales, readings (the money from the sales of books, tickets, and artwork) funds creative-incentive programs for area children conducted by Lynne Wiercinski of the Ironwood Carnegie Library and Arlene Schneller of Schneller Art Gallery. Both women will be available at the readings to answer questions about these programs. Feel free to contact Arlene at Arschneller@gmail.com or Lynne at Lynne@ironwoodcarnegie.org to learn more about the programs or the readings.


Lynne Wiercinski


Arlene Schneller

Contact:

  • Pat O'Neill
  • Send all snail mail to:
  • Pat O'Neill
  • P. O. Box 724, Ironwood, MI 49938
  • gccpat@gmail.com
  • (906) 364-1019
  • Writing Studio: Downtown Art Place, Art Studios on Aurora, Auora St. Ironwood, MI, Studio 15 (On top of the Ironwood Theatre Ticket Office). 
  •  
  • Drop slot for manuscripts, papers, mail, etc. in studio door.
  • Hours: Irregular. E-mail or call for appointment.
 

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