Patrick Cole is a management consultant and poet; two roles not as far apart as you might think. He travels through corporate workplaces regularly and invites you to join him on an enlightening tour from curious, to furious, to a glimpse of nirvana. Yes, he mixes his behavioral science training, Buddhist practice, and tongue-in-cheek poetry to deliver his simple message: there’s more to life than work. And don’t let a little sarcasm dissuade you from joining the tour for underneath his occasional harsh pinstripe exterior lies a workaholic attempting to overcome his “respectable addiction.” When not collecting “loyalty points” at various hotels across the country, Cole lives with his wife in western Michigan.
Barbara Merlotti is a professional artist with a master’s degree in art therapy. While typically creating beautiful drawings of sensual organic imagery, she accepted the diversion of graphically portraying the rants of her mad brother-in-law in I Am Furious (Yellow). Merlotti lives with her son in southern Illinois and participates in a variety of art shows in St. Louis, Missouri and the surrounding area.
Picking up where their first book (Tangoed Up & Blue) left off; Cole shares the addiction of work, the dehumanization of the corporate institution and a cure for them both while Merlotti illustrates the journey.