Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Howard Pflanzer and George Spencer, Saturday, February 7 at 2:30 p.m. at Park Plaza Restaurant


Brownstone Poets presents Howard Pflanzer and George Spencer, Saturday, February 7 at 2:30 p.m. at Park Plaza Restaurant in historic Brooklyn Heights. Enjoy the varied menu at this affordable family-run diner while listening to great poetry. Poetry grows in Brooklyn Heights and there's an open mic as well.


Brownstone Poets presents:

Howard Pflanzer

George Spencer

Saturday, February 7 at 2:30 p.m.

Park Plaza Restaurant

220 Cadman Plaza West near Clark St.and Pineapple Walk

Brooklyn, NY 11201 - 718 – 596 – 5900



Subways:

Take the A or C to High Street, 2 or 3 to Clark Street

R to Court Street

4 or  to 5 Borough Hall

For more directions:

http://www.hopstop.com/



$4 Donation – plus Food/Drink - Open-Mic

Curated by Patricia Carragon

pcarragon@gmail.com

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BIOS:




Howard Pflanzer is a playwright, poet and director, who immerses himself in the ebb and flow of the universe, pursuing adventures in life, love and creation. Dead Birds or Avian Blues was published by Fly By Night Press (2011). Last July he created, adapted and directed a hybrid poetic performance work, Walt Whitman Opera, with music by Constance Cooper for the undergroundzero festival. He has written epic plays about Freud (Cocaine Dreams), Walter Benjamin (On the Border), Sartre, Camus, De Beauvoir (Living With History), Ted Bundy (Poetry Class With Serial Killer) and other cultural icons.


 
George Spencer is a writer, film producer and director, and visual artist presently working on a large installation combining found objects, reconfigured furniture, soft sculpture, sound, video and lighting. He is a Director of Millennium Film Workshop. His most recent book of poetry, Unpious Pilgrim, was published by Fly by Night Press/Gathering of the Tribes.

Monday, December 15, 2014

Shadow of the Geode/ La Sombra de la Geoda- Thur, January 1, 2015





Thursday, January 1, 2015

Shadow of the Geode/ La Sombra de la Geoda

The 21st Annual Alternative New Years Day Spoken Word Extravaganza



Poetry from 2 p.m. to Midnight

I will be performing between 4 p.m. to 6 p.m.
 

Nuyorican Poets Cafe

236 E. 3rd St (between Aves. B and C)

New York, NY -10009

212- 780 - 9386

Open Mic Available

Free Admission

Come Celebrate 21 Years with 150 Spoken Word Artists!  Through the storms and brutalities–the Alternative New Year’s Day Extravaganza continues! This annual event has become a tradition that gives voice to a culturally diverse group of performers of all ages. It is a multi-media event and includes musicians and artists of all kinds, in addition to the rambunctious, irreverent poets who have gathered together for the last two decades. Join us at the legendary Nuyorican Poets CafĂ©! Add your poetic language to the mix!

Clean out your bookshelves!

Paperback books accepted and will be donated to Books Through Bars
 

DIRECTIONS: By subway, F train to the 2nd Avenue stop. Use the 1st Avenue exit and walk north on 1st Avenue away from Houston Street. Make a right on East 3rd Street and walk 2 and a half blocks until you reach #236. By bus, take the M14A to Avenue A and E. 3rd Street or the M15 to 2nd Avenue and 3rd Street and walk east, or the M14D to East 4th Street and walk west. By car, take the FDR Drive to the Houston Street exit and go straight onto Houston Street, make a right on Avenue C and a left on East 3rd Street.
 

 www.hopstop.com/

Sunday, December 14, 2014

Publication News-Fall/Winter







Hi Poets and Friends,

Sorry for my silence.  It’s been a long time since I’ve had a chance to post anything.  I’m healing beautifully after my recent bunion surgery on my left foot.  I also need to find a less toxic job in January/ February that would suit my needs as a human being and give me time to write and socialize.  Will be back with Brownstone Poets Anthology news after Christmas.  In February, Brownstones will be back on track with readings and the 2014 Anthology readings at Barnes and Noble and Park Plaza Restaurant.  Right now, I need to mend and focus on the present.

Have a happy holiday season!

Pattie 

PUBLICATIONS:

The 13 Days Of Halloween by Local Gems Press Day 5 – October 23, 2014 

Halloween Teeth

the sound of drills
jack o'lantern smiles
under construction

jack o'lantern smiles
       the curse of too much
       Halloween candy

jagged teeth
      jack o' lanterns
      in need of dentures

dental phobia
     your insurance won't cover
     another crown

the economy
     scarier than being drilled
     by Freddy Krueger

 --Patricia Carragon

I shared the space with Jillian Roath and Narges Rothermel
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Nomad’s Choir, Fall 2014, Vol.22, Issue 4

Saffron and Gold-Haibun (For Sweta Srivastava Vikram)




SAFFRON AND GOLD—HAIBUN
(For Sweta Srivastava Vikram)


I traveled to India in a dream.  The saffron and gold colors inspired me to write about it.  After waking up, I thought about the colors described in Sweta Srivastava Vikram’s book, Kaleidoscope.  But I didn’t write about my vivid experience until recently.  The dream was hypnotic.  The magnetic force from a Hindu man’s words pulled me eastward.  Warm hues covered the southeastern section of the globe and the scene shifted to a Hindu temple.  I woke up happy and contented.  These colors held a special message.  These colors are giving me the joy to heal through yoga.


saffron and gold
the dream is
a journey


saffron and gold
the dream lives in
another hemisphere


saffron and gold
the sky and earth
in perfect balance


saffron and gold
colors illuminate
southeast asia


saffron and gold
a temple bathes
in perfect daylight


saffron and gold
a voice pulls me
eastward


saffron and gold
colors of joy
colors that heal


Patricia Carragon  May 2011

In this issue, there are wonderful poets: Garrett B. Robinson, Alexandra Portal, Steven Baker, Linda Lerner, Bob Heman, Valerie Stephens, Joseph Rebis, Jr., Maria Chisolm, Bill Pyles, Marilyn Thomas-King, Austin Alexis, Richard Fein, Kriste A. Matrisch, and more.

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2015 Haiku Calendar (Allbook Books)

like dervishes
seedpods glide
                                     off trees

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veins on leaves
my tree’s hands
touch mine

 --Patricia Carragon

Artists in 2015 Haiku Calendar from www.allbook-books.com

Nancy Abraham
Elena Botts
Thomas Brinson
Paula Camacho
Patricia Carragon
Chris Clendenin
Jeanne Clendenin
steve dalachinsky
Betsey Dickerson
Adam D. Fisher
Tiokasin Ghosthorse
Geraldine Green
Russ Green
Stacey Gunnard
Barbara Harris
Mankh (Walter E. Harris III)
Patrice Hasbrook
Linda Marie Hilton
Lucas Hunt
Bill Kenney
Maria Manobianco
Sheila Mardenfeld
A. Molotkov
MariJo Moore
Chris Nicola
George H. Northrup, PhD
Yuko Otomo
Kaveri Patel
Tony Quagliano
Bev Robertson
Narges Rothermel
Robert Savino
Keith Simmons
Paul Smith
Ash Straw
Patti Tana
Lynne Weixel, PhD
Kay J. Wight
Ginger Williams

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Weekly Avocet, #102 November 26, 2014

under Brooklyn sun
my hair gets copper highlights
                        treetops airbrushed red

  --Patricia Carragon
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The Avocet, A Journal of Nature Poetry Fall 2014

veins on leaves
my tree’s hands
touch mine

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lamppost moon
            sunshine leaves
                        autumn nocturne
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leaves somersault
on sidewalks
            autumn breeze

 --Patricia Carragon

I am happy to be in this issue with George Held, Mary Jo Balistreri, Charles Portolano, Erica Mapp, and more.

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Upcoming:
The Avocet, A Journal of Nature Poetry Winter 2014

like confectioners sugar
on Christmas cookies
snowflakes on pine cones
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my maple tree
stripped down
                        to its “fig leaf”
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nighttime silhouettes
naked branches shadow dance
behind blinds

 --Patricia Carragon
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The Alternative New Year's Day Spoken Word/ Performance Extravaganza 2015 Anthology (Rogues Scholars Press 2015)
 
New Utrecht Avenue
 
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New Utrecht Avenue:
Bite into its letters—
tastes like Brooklyn,
the heart of Brooklyn.
Raw and crusty,
tough like the cast-iron frame
of the El above.

New Utrecht Avenue,
ungentrified, guttural,
honest, no B.S.,
working class.
Name is Dutch as in Breukelen
remembers the Brooklyn of old,
Brooklyn Dodger old,
Abraham & Straus old.
Mamma’s spaghetti sauce,
Bubbie’s potato kugel,
egg creams and Ebinger’s cakes,
stickball and rock’n’roll doo woppers,
the real Honeymooners of Bensonhurst.

New Utrecht Avenue,
Old School Brooklyn,
Saturday Night Fever Brooklyn
in faded photographs
and on scratched 45s.
Can’t fight the changes in the ’hood,
just ride the D train to Coney Island—
demographic shifts are everywhere,
in language and the shops along its route.

But New Utrecht Avenue
is still New Utrecht Avenue.
Bite into its letters—
tastes like Brooklyn,
the heart of Brooklyn.
Raw and crusty,
tough like the cast-iron frame
of the El above.

--Patricia Carragon



Tuesday, October 28, 2014

More October Publication News



OCTOBER MAY BE ENDING ON HALLOWEEN, 
BUT I STILL HAVE PUBLICATIONS NEWS TO SHARE




















BigCityLit 

My poem, “Birthday Thoughts” in the Fall 2013/Spring 2014 edition of Big City Lit:

Please click on this link to read :

Also check out the work from the terrific talent below at this link:
Poetry:
On Balance: Walking Ten Miles Home: This Fall's 2013 to Spring's 2014 poetry collection includes work by Holly R. Appling, Eileen Brilliant, Patricia Brody, Rosalie Calabrese, Patricia Carragon, Robert Klein Engler, Allen C. Fischer, David Francis, Elisabeth Frischauf, Maria Gregorio, Joanne Grumet, Patrick Henry, Kate Irving, Katrina Kostro, Lola Koundakjian, JKL, Richard Levine, Marina Mati, Michael Morical, B. Z. Nidtich, Eve Packer, Anne Elezabeth Pluto, Jared Smith, Raleigh Thompson,
Melinda Thomsen, and Barry Wallenstein.

Twelve:

Big City, Little:

Fiction:
Roy Robins, Six Stories
Thaddeus Rutkowski, Absent Without Leave

Articles:

Essays:
Natasha Lvovich, Renamed and Deleted

Reviews:
Pamela L. Laskin's Plagarist, reviewed by Melinda Thomsen

Bookshelf:
Quitman Marshall, You Were Born One Time
Richard Levine, The Cadence of Mercy
Patricia Brody, Dangerous to Know

CDs:
Raleigh Thompson: Chemistry
Field Report: Field Report
Cory Branan: Mutt

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The 13 Days Of Halloween by Local Gems Press


My poem, "Halloween Teeth," is on Day 5 of the 13 Days of Halloween by Local Gems Press. I share the day with Jilian Roath and Narges Rothermal.

HALLOWEEN TEETH HAIKU
   ---Patricia Carragon
         
the sound of drills
jack o'lantern smiles
under construction

jack o'lantern smiles
       the curse of too much
       Halloween candy

jagged teeth
      jack o' lanterns
      in need of dentures

dental phobia
     your insurance won't cover
     another crown

the economy
     scarier than being drilled
     by Freddy Krueger

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 The Avocet

I have three haiku on the Fall 2014 issue of The Avocet.  I’m pleased that George Held, Erica Mapp, Mary Jo Balistreri, Charles Portolano, and more are also in this issue.




veins on leaves
my tree’s hands
touch mine
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lamppost moon
            sunshine leaves
                        autumn nocturne
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leaves somersault
on sidewalks
            autumn breeze

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

HAPPY HOLIDAYS FROM BROWNSTONE POETS

Photo Credit: Karen Neuberg

HAPPY HOLIDAYS FROM BROWNSTONE POETS



Wishing Everyone Peace, Love, and Happiness!



The series will shut down for a holiday hiatus from November thru January.  

Will keep everyone posted on the Brownstone Poets 2014 Anthology Reading coming to Park Plaza Restaurant and Barnes & Noble Park Slope early in 2015.  
Will get in touch with all 2014 featured poets and series supporters for the 2015 Anthology in November.  Info to come . . . 

Poetically Yours,
Patricia Carragon
Curator, Editor-in-Chief
Brownstone Poets

Brevitas 11 Anthology of Short Poems







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Performed Readings!
Book Release Party!     Short Poem Open Mic!

Host:          Flash Rosenberg • cartoonist, poet, and giraffe-wrangler
Co-founders: Poets Jim Pignetti and City Lore Founder, Steve Zeitlin

$10 admission includes a complimentary copy of  brevitas 11•anthology of short poems • 2014”

Bowery Poetry Club • 308 Bowery • New York City (between Houston & Bleecker Streets)

brevitas is a community of invited poets who email one or two original poems (14 lines max) to the group on the 1st  and 15th of each month. Jim Pignetti and Steve Zeitlin launched brevitas 11 years ago with a small coterie of poet friends. The group has now evolved into a powerful incubator of poetry.
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Patricia Carragon    Jan Garden Castro    Esther Cohen    Steve Dalachinsky    Gil Fagiani    Christian Garaud
Bob Heman    Cindy Hochman    Evie Ivy    Andrew Kaufman    Kit Kennedy    Ron Kolm    Patrick Lee
Maria Lisella • Tsaurah Litzky    Karen Neuberg    Helen Peterson    Jim Pignetti    Leslie Prosterman
Tom Rigney    Flash Rosenberg    Dorothea Hutton Scher    Zev Shanken    Hal Sirowitz    Ed Smith
Esther K Smith    Sparrow    Gerd Stern    Richard Storm    Juanita Torrence-Thompson       John J. Trause
Alicia Vasquez    Angelo Verga    Nathan Versace    Carolyn Wells    Jeffrey Cyphers Wright    Steve Zeitlin