For all their differences, when I think of Pat I sometimes think of Flannery O’Connor. The tough-mindedness — the passion — the spiritual life — the humor — and of course, they were two absolute originals. They were also two who were well acquainted with illness. And who had an enormous hunger for life, and for art; and who died too young…. What grew in her was mystery, and her thirst to drink in deeper and deeper histories, and also life “outside of history.”
—JEAN VALENTINE (from the Introduction)
Images, sounds, smells, sparks of connection fly in these poems….