Mythology is one of the deepest creative responses of humanity to the search for universals. Each great myth is often so profound and rich in mystery as to have not one but many possible meanings that are rediscovered and savored at different points in life. It is likely that each human who searches through myth is somehow elevated thereby.

Patrick is rewriting Greek myths in various forms. He published a book of poetry, HOUSE OF THE MUSE in 2005, mostly mythological in focus. With several books devoted to Greek mythology, one of the ways he is exploring these timeless stories is in new narrative with fictional dialogue. One brief literary narrative is offered online here (see below) as "Endymion", a self-contained tale similar in form to the short story genre. This tale was read aloud at the Sun Valley Writers Conference 2005 and, in response to interest there, is now shared MYTHS FOR ALL TIME, published in 2007 and some of the visual traditions of Greek myths in Renaissance reception in a book, RENAISSANCE VISIONS: MYTH AND ART published in 2008, plus he published a new book examining the interaction between text and image, MYTH AND ART IN EKPHRASIS, in late 2010.

He has also adapted an unusual literary form - the palindrome poem - especially for myth. While the French poet Apollinaire wrote shaped poems, the palindromic structure of a poetic literary unit whose words read forward and backward is an ideal medium for the cyclical subject matter of myth. A few of Patrick's palindrome poems - "Icarus" and "Labyrinth" - were previously published courtesy of Martin Gardner, the former columnist of "Mathematical Games" in SCIENTIFIC AMERICAN, in a journal called WORD WAYS in 1981. Several of these new palindromic poems, written for and shared at the Sun Valley Writers Conference 2005 (see below), are also offered here alongside some of Patrick's previous ones. A book of Patrick's palindrome poems is also to be published in the near future and he has another palindrome poem "Circe" published in his new 2009 book of poetry, mostly Classical and also mythological, CLOUD SHADOWS OF OLYMPUS: Collected Poems, 2006-2009.

Featured Mythology Gallery

"Myth's Deeper Truths"

Sun Valley Writers Conference, 2005
25 slides

Featured Short


Summer, 2005
(aprox 2,000 words)

myth   "Myth and Art in Ekphrasis" ... Whether ancient or modern in its applications, Ekphrasis is an ancient Greek word that essentially has to do with ...

Available in Fall 2010 onward

ren_visions   "Renaissance Visions: Myth and Art" ... the book transports the reader into an era devoted to beauty and myth.

Available in 2008 onward

  Timeless Greek myths retold as stories are never out of fashion. These familiar tales form a priceless treasure ...

Available in 2007

  Richard Martin's 2003 book fuses dramatic retellings of myth expertly woven by Martin, noted mythologist, with drawings by Hunt interspersed ...

Available in 2003 onward

  Available Now. Caravaggio, the outlaw, heretic, murderer, and sensualist. Learn more.

Available in 2004 onward

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