“Patrick O'Neill weaves spiders and their webs through his new collection of poetry, which continues to confront bias and extol individuality. O'Neill sees us as we are (and takes an equally unflinching look at himself)—and he offers a hand up from the barroom floor and an unabashed appreciation of human foibles. After a brief brawl (‘A Look’) that ends badly for the other man, who started it, O'Neill muses that ‘. . . looks, words, punches. They all have the potential to damage—or repair. We don't see what we say, hear what we see, or sense what we strike.’ O'Neill doesn't preach—he makes it clear the struggles are his as well. And he tosses in occasional light relief from the deep thoughts. . . . Reading O'Neill encompasses all the senses, whether he's urging you to sniff out insincerity or hear the false notes (not just the ones coming from his vintage saxophone in ‘Reed’). If you've read O'Neill before, you'll enjoy the return of some of his favorite characters, but this poetry is no insider's club—its heart and heat are accessible to all.” — Diane Montz “Woven through Lyrics are O’Neill’s finest poems, lying in wait to illuminate the reader with hand spun truths, irreverent revelations, and incongruity. Alert to resonate vibrations of the human condition, O’Neill feels out signals of new life blood. Passion, Creativity, Ingenuity, Hardship are all prime food sources. He listens, lunges, preys on the intermittent gifts; dines on, salvages creative nutrients; spins them back wrapped in intimate cocoons of warmth, wit, and wisdom. Lyrics offers the reader the tensile strength of a master at his craft. Pat O’Neill has come of age. . . . You won’t go hungry.” — Vicki Parker
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Writer of countless published books, stories, and plays, Patrick O’Neill lives in Ironwood in Michigan’s Western Upper Peninsula, where he teaches college writing, does 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 and ticket sales, and services to firmly establish and fund a creative program series for children, conducted by Lynne Wiercinski of the Ironwood Carnegie Library and Arlene Schneller of the Schneller Art Gallery.
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