Tuesday, December 29, 2015

Update on Palabras Luminosa, Luminous Words (the 22nd Annual Alternative New Years Day Spoken Word Extravaganza-Poetry

Due to illness and my doctor's orders:

I, Patricia Carragon, will not be hosting or reading at this event on Friday, January 1, 2016. 

The Fantastic Puma Perl will be taking my place. She will be hosting my spot between 3 p.m. -- 4 p.m. She will be reading before 3 p.m.

Should be AWESOME! 

Palabras Luminosa, Luminous Words (the 22nd Annual Alternative New Years Day Spoken Word Extravaganza-Poetry 


From 12 p.m. to 9 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

F Train to Second Ave.

Wednesday, December 9, 2015

Three Carragon January Features


Friday, January 1, 2016

Palabras Luminosa, Luminous Words (the 22nd Annual Alternative New Years Day Spoken Word Extravaganza-Poetry 


From 12 p.m. to 9 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

F Train to Second Ave.

Patricia is scheduled between 2 p.m. - 3 p.m.

and Hosting between 3p.m. - 4 p.m.



Wednesday, January 6, 2016 at 6 p.m.


Patricia Carragon
Saara Dutton  
Vogue Giambri
Jennifer Harmon
Aimee Herman
Marie Sabatino
 Moira T. Smith

Matthew Abuelo
Kofi Forsun
Phillip Giambri
Joel Gold
Ron Kolm
Big Mike Logan
Michael Schwartz

Hosted by Phillip Giambri

The Cornelia Street Cafe 
29 Cornelia St, NYC-10014

212- 989- 9319


A, B, C, D, E, F to West 4the Street

1 to Christopher/ Sheridan Square


Wednesday, January 27, 2016

6:30 p.m.

The Green Pavilion Poetry Reading

Hosted by Evie Ivy

Cat Haiku and More by Patricia Carragon

with Brevitas Poets: Bob Heman and Zev Shanken

Plus Open Mic

The Green Pavilion 

4307 18th Ave in Brooklyn, NY 11218

(718) 749-0368


F train to 18th and McDonald Avenues

Please check with the MTA for Transit 


Happy Holidays from Brownstone Poets!


Happy Holidays from Brownstone Poets!

No reading for Saturday, January 2, 2016 . . . 

But please come back to Park Plaza Restaurant
on Saturday, February 6, 2016 at 2:30 p.m.
for the dynamic trio from Long Island:

George Wallace, Russ Green, Vicki Iorio

Sunday, November 29, 2015

REMINDER:Brownstone Poets presents Bernard Block and Friends-Peter Blaxill and Joe Lobell, December 5, 2015, at 2:30 p.m. at Park Plaza Restaurant


Brownstone Poets Inspiring Brooklyn Since 2005

Brownstone Poets presents Bernard Block and Friends---Peter Blaxill and Joe Lobell, December 5, 2015, at 2:30 p.m. at Park Plaza Restaurant in historic Brooklyn Heights. Poetry 
grows in Brooklyn Heights and there's an open mic as well.

Brownstone Poets presents:

Bernard Block

Peter Blaxill

Joe Lobell

Saturday, December 5, 2015 at 2:30 p.m.

Park Plaza Restaurant
220 Cadman Plaza West near Clark St.and Pineapple Walk

Brooklyn, NY 11201 - 718 – 596 – 5900


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:

Please check the MTA's "The Weekender" for all transit updates. Hop Stop will no longer be available after October.


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

Curated by Patricia Carragon






Bernard Block published four chapbooks in the 1980s: The Quest; Prometheus Returns;  Portraits; and To Music. Born and raised in Bensonhurst, Brooklyn, Bernard attended Cornell University and Brooklyn College with a Bachelor’s Degree in English and American Literature. He hitch-hiked to California in 1965 and lived in the Haight-Ashbury through 1967 where he gave poetry readings at the I and Thou Coffee Shop, City Lights Bookstore and anti-Vietnam war demonstrations.  He returned to NYC and studied with the poet Colette Inez in the mid '70s. Recently he has featured at all the major spoken-word venues in NYC. In August 2014 he was invited to feature in Laugharne, South Wales in celebration of the centenary of Dylan Thomas’ birth. Bernard curates and hosts the Series “From Whitman to Ginsberg” at Cornelia St. Café. There have been 12 editions of this Series; the most recent was presented on September 25, 2015. All 12 editions were videotaped and can be accessed on his YouTube Channel. He has had 23 poems published in the prestigious European on-line literary journal, Levure Littéraire, #8 and #9.

Peter Blaxill is a retired theater professional, having worked on both sides of the footlights. As an actor he has appeared on Broadway, Off-Broadway, Off-Off Broadway. The Kennedy Center in DC, extensively in Regional Theater, Summer Stock, you name it. He studied poetry with William Packard, Pearl London, Colette Inez, David Trinidad, and several others. He’s been featured in the poetry scene around town at The Cornelia Street Cafe, Su Polo's Saturn series, Mike Graves's Phoenix Series, and has been an Open-Mic Gypsy at Rimes of The Ancient Mariner for many months now. His poetry can be found in the Riverside Anthology, The Jefferson Market Anthology, and he has had poems published in The New York Quarterly. 

Joe Lobell, Poet, Playwright Performer: multiple appearances at the Nuyorican Café, including the Proofrock Festival, Knitting Factory, and numerous other venues. Combines Urban Poetry with rock jazz and performance. Collaborated with Jazz Musician, Conductor Composer, Butch Morris on Musical Theatre Play “Fire” produced by the Medicine Show Theatre. Also with Contrabassist and Jazz Composer Joe Gallant. Performed at Numerous venues with Blues Musician Popa Chubby and collaborated with him on Poetry/Blues Play “City Opus” produced at Medicine Show, as well as producing “City Opus” Blues Rock Poetry CD with (now known as) Popa Chubby. Returning to poetry and theatre after long hiatus. 

Thursday, November 19, 2015

Mankh on Haiku and Carragon Haiku Publication News

Hello Poets and Friends,

More Haiku news from The Weekly Avocet and Bear Creek Haiku

The Weekly Avocet, November 18th, 2015--Special Haiku Edition Honoring my Haiku buddy, Mankh (Walter E. Harris III):

From Charles Portolano, editor and publisher of The Avocet:

    I had the pleasure of meeting Mankh (Walter E. Harris III) from Selden, NY, at our get-together of Avocet poets on Long Island this September.  He read his haikus and a few of his students read their wonderful haikus, too.   I have greatly enjoyed reading his book Haiku One Breaths. 
     I started playing with haikus when I became editor of The Avocet.  I love writing them now,    hard to write a great one, but, then, that is what makes it so much fun.
    At the end of this issue are wonderful haiku by haiku master Yosa Buson. Wonderful work!!!
Haiku Primer by Mankh (Walter E. Harris III), Selden, NY – mankh@allbook-books.com

Though its roots go back at least 2600 years, haiku as a literary form began to flourish with Matsuo Bashô in 17th century Japan. The individual hokku (what would become haiku) was extracted from haikai-no-renga (linked verse).

Nearly all modern haiku poets agree that the 5-7-5 syllable structure is not necessary, as Japanese is a picture language and does not have syllables, rather onji (sound-symbols, what the 5-7-5 refers to). If the poem happens to be 17 syllables (or occasionally longer), fine, but in general, 10 to 14 syllables more aptly convey what a haiku in Japanese sounds and feels like. One guide-line: whatever works best!

Typically there's a kigo (season-word), e.g. “cherry blossom” indicates spring so you don't need to write 'in spring the cherry blossoms...' Remember that haiku is a minimalist art; less is more. A haiku also has a kireji or pause, typically after the first or second line. For example, Kobayashi Issa's classic: Don't worry spiders / I keep house / casually; the pause is after “spiders.”

The first two lines of a haiku often create a tension/conflict/contrast which the third line resolves or somehow takes to another level, rather than repeating what's already been stated. While some poets experiment with one long line or four lines, the principle remains the same.

If having trouble writing a haiku, ask yourself: What is it that stirs me to put this experience or observation into words? Try to translate that experience (it may take some editing) so as to allow for the exact words, so as to allow the reader/listener to experience what you experienced. So if I saw an amazing sunrise, more important than that I saw it, would be trying to convey the feeling itself.

Senryu have a similar structure but highlight human nature and are typically humorous, ironic, or poignant . . . though it can be challenging to tell the difference, so haiku often becomes the generic term for both. A haibun is a short prose piece typically followed by a haiku, and often used in travel journals, the most well-known being Bashô’s Narrow Road to the Interior. Art combined with a haiku is traditionally called haiga.

My pocket-sized book is part how-to write haiku and part anthology with poems by 24 people. It's titled Haiku One Breaths because it's said that the length of a haiku is what can be uttered in one breath. The subtitle is, a voice through a tangle because these little poems help to illuminate the present moment, or as Alan Watts wrote, from a Buddhist perspective, in his book The Way of Zen (p.44): “Therefore the practical discipline of the way of liberation is a progressive disentanglement of one's Self from every identification.”

Thus, each moment gives us the opportunity to be awake . . .  and haiku can help remind us of this consciousness, along with keeping us connected with the flowing movement of the seasons.

One way to learn about haiku is simply to read them and notice what you appreciate.

To purchase Haiku One Breaths, here's the link to my website and scroll to “sale $7” which includes mailing. http://allbook-books.com/html/purchase_books.htm

must be good friends,
three sparrows gathering
     on a lilac branch

   Mankh (Walter E. Harris III)
   Selden, NY
all the sunflowers
bowing to the earth,
autumn rain
   Mankh (Walter E. Harris III)
   Selden, NY

October trying to memorize
marigold scent
on my fingers

   Mankh (Walter E. Harris III)
   Selden, NY

see that tree,
standing tall in the freezing cold --
what’s your story?

    Mankh (Walter E. Harris III)
sunrise songs
birds drinking
the light

  Mankh (Walter E. Harris III)
  Selden, NY

Mankh (Walter E. Harris III) writes haiku and other kinds of poems, also essays, much of whichis at www.axisoflogic.com where he is resident poet, and his website www.allbook-books.comHe teaches haiku, brush calligraphy, and balancing East-West traditions. He enjoys music, meditation, munchies, and more. 

Here are my contributions:

ghostly calicos
toms the color of midnight
catnip bewitches

Patricia Carragon
Brooklyn, NY

sleepless in Brooklyn
restless like rain's persistence
against the window

Patricia Carragon
Brooklyn, NY

baby ginkgo fan
wears the color
of life and death

Patricia Carragon
Brooklyn, NY

unlike red maples
oaks and honeylocusts
turn blond or brunet

Patricia Carragon
Brooklyn, NY

broken olive branch
nursing home garden in bloom
Mommy . . . I'm sorry!

Patricia Carragon
Brooklyn, NY

Other Haiku Avocet writers: Joan Higuchi, Chris Valentine, Art Elser, Theresa A. Cancro, Charles Portolano, Judy Wucherer, Narges Rothermel, Indy Quillen


Bear Creek Haiku, Issue #130, November 12, 2015

Sam, the Brownstone Poets Mascot and friend of Linda Lerner, is a guest of honor on the Bear Creek Blog

in the bear creek haiku issue #130: 

sharon anderson   hopwood  pennsylvania   
heitor almeida araujo   villa mon logis  france 
                           translated by teresinka pereira
patricia carragon   brooklyn  new york 
alan catlin   schenectady  new york
lysa collins   white rock  british columbia
lone crow   fort collins  colorado
nancy l dahl   ypsilanti  michigan
robert edwards   kirkland  washington
chase and chris faiers   marmora  ontario 
joanna haymart  (10 years old)   cottontown  tennessee          
                                      granddaughter of james b peters
stephanie hiteshew   ellicott city  maryland
kitsuné   somewhere in nepal
dorothy mclaughlin   somerset  new jersey
charlie mehrhoff   oakland  maine
karla linn merrifield   brockport  new york
karen o’leary   west fargo  north dakota
syed liaquath peeran   bangalore (bangaluru)  india
andré peragallo   vernevil  france
                                   translated by teresinka pereira
teresinka pereira   toledo  ohio
james b peters   cottontown  tennessee
dennis rhodes   naples  florida
toma rosen   mt baldy zen center  california
dennis saleh   seaside  california
g a scheinoha   eden  wisconsin
rex sexton   philadelphia  pennsylvania
vivian bolland schroeder   humble  texas
t kilgore splake   calumet  michigan
brian k turner   fullerton  california
p l wick   empire  colorado 
yates young   palm coast  florida
paula yup   spokane  washington
ajsa zahirovic   sarajevo  bosnia and herzegovina 

Very pleased to have one of my haiku featured on this blog, as well as the cover page: 

Zen on a park bench
I am no different than
the trees or bushes
(first published in First Literary Review-East November 2013---Cindy Hochman has good taste! :D )

My two other haiku in this issue are:

he throws out 
the garbage
before Zen enters

Kerouac kitty 
poems unravel
like toilet paper
(first published in First Literary Review-East January 2013---Cindy Hochman has good taste! :D )

Monday, November 16, 2015

REMINDER: “Silver Tongued Devils” Wednesday, November 18, 2015 at Three of Cups


“Silver Tongued Devils” Wednesday, November 18, 2015 at Three of Cups

“Silver Tongued Devils”
Wednesday, November 18, 2015

Basement Lounge @ Three of Cups
(212) 388-0059        

The food is great, the wine list is excellent and very reasonable and you can take your food down to the show.
ATTENTION: Doors open 6:00 p.m. for open mic signup. Show starts at 6:30 p.m. SHARP.

6:00 p.m. - Open Mic signup
Curtain up at 6:30 p.m. sharp and runs to 9:30 p.m.
21 and over only
$7 Admission
Please arrive early so we can start promptly at 6:30 p.m.

Christina Fitzpatrick

Christina FitzpatrickChristina Fitzpatrick is the author of the novel What’s the Girl Worth? and the short story collection Where We Lived,both published by HarperCollins. Her work has also appeared in Rattle, The Sun, and Hairpin. Currently she is at work on a novel that she describes as, “a mix of Sex and the CityTwilight, andThe Diagnostic and Statistical Manual for Mental Disorders.”

Brian Sheffield

Brian%20SheffieldBrian Sheffield is a Californian poet living in Brooklyn, frequenting any bar, cafe, or bookshop where he can scream at an audience for at least three minutes. He discovered punk rock in high school and poetry in early college. Almost immediately, he began to integrate them both into his own spoken and performance art form in order to express his visceral aggression in sometimes subtle and sometimes not so subtle ways. He is the author of Songs From Heaven's Crooked Teeth and SIN(G), two chapbooks self-published under the name Mad Gleam Press. He has been published by bothNYSAI Press and Great weather for MEDIA in their most recent anthologies, as well as several journals and zines, both in print and online. He was also a featured artist in the New York based journal The Outcryer.

Patricia Carragon

Patricia Carragon 2Patricia Carragon loves cupcakes, chocolate, cats, haiku, and the borough of Brooklyn. Her publications credits include BigCityLit, CLWN WR, Clockwise Cat, Danse Macabre, Home Planet News, Inertia, Lips, Levure littéraire, Long Island Quarterly, Mad Hatters’ Review, The Toronto Quarterly, Word Salad, and others.  She is the author of Journey to the Center of My Mind (Rogue Scholars Press, 2005) and Urban Haiku and More (Fierce Grace Press, 2010). She hosts the Brooklyn-based Brownstone Poets and is the editor-in-chief of its annual anthology.  Patricia is a member of Brevitas, a group fiercely dedicated to short poems. 
For more information, please check out her websites:http://brownstonepoets.blogspot.com and at http://patriciacarragon8.wordpress.com/.

Vogue Giambri

Vogue GiambriVogue Giambri attends The New School NYC for creative writing and theater. In her free time she likes to take long walks on the beach and write poetry. She enjoys surfing, playing the guitar, and typing in her type writer. She also has a blogwww.stoopkidconfessions.wordpress.com.  . Follow her.

Phillip At 50th High School Reunion

Produced and Hosted by Phillip Giambri aka “The Ancient Mariner
Basement Lounge @ Identity Bar & Lounge
     511 E. 6th St. (Between Avenues A & B)
      Associate Producer: Anthony Murphy
           House Manager: Russell Atwood
                 For information, contact: