Overall winner of the 2004 Poetry Business Book & Pamphlet Competition, How to Be a Dragonfly (Smith Doorstop Books) is a collection of 42 prose poems.
To hear “After Last Night’s Rain”, visit Apis Books.
Two more poems from the collection are on the University of Kent’s website.
What people are saying about How to Be a Dragonfly:
“…exquisite writing moving with surprising lightness and depth that I’ve had to read and re-read…” (Dreamcatcher)
“…there is magic beneath the lines that will not be easy to forget.” (NHI Review)
“Patricia Debney’s prose poems are like stories that begin then hesitate to preserve the moment before they must end. They are tiny monuments to lightness, mirrors in motion that show our reflections in shop windows.” (George Szirtes)
“Reading Patricia Debney’s prose poems feels like watching a bareback rider ride with more grace and control than most manage with the help of saddle and bridle.” (Susan Wicks)
“The choices of language and images invite us to return to read again; about the end of the garden, or the planet Venus, or the Arctic Circle, or the way dragonflies move in dimensions we might, if we only let ourselves.” (Katherine Pierpoint)
A couple of newer ones: