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!



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
Nomad’s Choir, Fall 2014, Vol.22, Issue 4

Saffron and Gold-Haibun (For Sweta Srivastava Vikram)

(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

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.

2015 Haiku Calendar (Allbook Books)

like dervishes
seedpods glide
                                     off trees

veins on leaves
my tree’s hands
touch mine

 --Patricia Carragon

Artists in 2015 Haiku Calendar from

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

Weekly Avocet, #102 November 26, 2014

under Brooklyn sun
my hair gets copper highlights
                        treetops airbrushed red

  --Patricia Carragon

The Avocet, A Journal of Nature Poetry Fall 2014

veins on leaves
my tree’s hands
touch mine

lamppost moon
            sunshine leaves
                        autumn nocturne

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.


The Avocet, A Journal of Nature Poetry Winter 2014

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

 --Patricia Carragon
The Alternative New Year's Day Spoken Word/ Performance Extravaganza 2015 Anthology (Rogues Scholars Press 2015)
New Utrecht Avenue
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

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