Yes, this labor of love is now a realty! 

Distinguished by subtle story-telling and a deft use of words and metaphor, the poems in Patricia Carragon’s new collection, Innocence, speak to the heart and soul. Vivid backdrops include a Parisian café, the circus, a windswept city day, Coney Island, and a bar full of bird-like characters. Color and nature star in many of the poignant poems that draw on elusive love and the setback of time. The poems’ heroine rarely frets, but accepts conflict and missed connections with grace. Readers will delight in Patricia Carragon’s poems brimming with irony, imagination, and ordinary life gone amok. 
—Amy Barone, author and poet of Kamikaze Dance (Finishing Line Press)

With a palette full of confessional colors, and the urgency of Lady Macbeth wailing ‘Out, damned spot,’ Patricia Carragon speaks truth to childhood in a voice that is at once shocking and resonant. While the title of her book is Innocence, these lines are anything but benign. There is, however, a vital remnant of a happy fairytale that survives in Carragon’s poems: the M-A-G-I-C she sprinkles into each and every one of them, reminding us to hold fast to those treasures that give us permission to live happily ever after.
—Cindy Hochman, Editor-in-chief, First Literary Review-East

Patricia Carragon writes with acute sensibility, grace, and pith. She juggles scenes from her life and makes visible what the ‘wind has erased’. Made to feel unworthy and outcast as a child, her self-expression was admonished, and she was forced to keep within the lines. This is a beautiful book of poems about the power of imagination and a resilient spirit that has risen like a phoenix from the ashes of innocence to gift us all with her creative magic.
—Karen Neuberg, author, Myself Taking Stage (Finishing Line Press) and 
Detailed Still (Poets Wear Prada)
Bob Heman's beautiful cover collage

Brooklyn writer Patricia Carragon loves cupcakes, chocolate, cats, and haiku. As a child, she’d write and illustrate a make-believe newspaper. However, she wasn’t encouraged to write until the early '90s when she wrote witty pitches for her Brunch 'n Fun social activities at St. Bartholomew's Church. One friend encouraged her to explore her literary muse. Another friend said that her eulogy for Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis had poetic resonance.

Ms. Carragon is an avid writer of short stories, prose, and poetry. Her first book of poems is Journey to the Center of My Mind (Rogue Scholars Press, 2005), followed by Urban Haiku and More (Fierce Grace Press, 2010). The Cupcake Chronicles is forthcoming from Poets Wear Prada. Her publication credits include Allbook Books, The Avocet, BigCityLit, Bear Creek Haiku, Boog City, CLWN WR, Clockwise Cat, Danse Macabre, Drunk Monkeys, Home Planet News, Inertia, Lips, Levure littéraire, Long Island Quarterly, Mad Hatters’ Review, Maintenant, The Mom Egg, Panoply, poeticdiversity, Tribe Magazine, The Toronto Quarterly, Word Salad, Yellow Chair Review, and others. She is a member of brevitas, a group fiercely dedicated to short poems, and is a member of Pen Women's Literary Workshop and Tamarind. She is one of the Executive Editors for Home Planet News Online.

Ms. Carragon hosts the Brooklyn-based Brownstone Poets and is the editor-in-chief of its annual anthology. Since August 2005, Brownstone Poets still continues to be a safe haven for the written and spoken word. It is an open mic reading held usually on first Saturdays with two or three guest readers. 

Stay tuned to notices on book parties for Innocence.  The book is selling for $14.99. 

You can order your copy at Finishing Line Press:

or at

Pre-Sale People:

To all those who have participated in the Pre-Sale back in November and December, thank you! You should be receiving your copy (s) in about two weeks. 

If you don't receive your copy (s), please contact Finishing Line Press at:

Check out Ms. Carragon's other fine books:

Journey to the Center of My Mind
(Rogue Scholars Press, 2005)

Her poems are private rites/rituals of passage that never cease questions or delving into the dark, forbidding surface of things.
~Bruce Weber, Author of POETIC JUSTICE

October 9, 2007

It's good to see her high-powered, hard-edged poems collected in book form.
~Thaddeus Rutkowski, Author of TETCHED and ROUGHHOUSE

Journey to the Center of My Mind by Patricia Carragon (Rogue Scholars Press 2005)

by Patricia Carragon
(Rogue Scholars Press 2005)


~To Purchase Your Copy~

You can contact Patricia directly for a fabulous discount

Or you can get her book on Lulu.Com

Urban Haiku and More
(Fierce Grace Press, 2010) 

For anyone who knows Patricia Carragon, this newest collection of short, mixed-media poems will surely delight -- if not surprise. From the riotously humorous to the deeply poignant, Patricia covers the emotional terrain with her witty personality unfurled and a display of craft that, like a dancer, seems so effortless. If you love contemporary short verse, you'll certainly savor these confections by a poet who is a spirited observer of the world around her and within her.

–Brenda J. Gannam,
Member, Haiku Society of America

Patricia Carragon hits the haiku right on the head – making
it as much her form as the masters’ – Funny and deadly
accurate – they stop you in your tracks - It’s no accident that
she starts off with a Kerouac and Bashô haiku - She frees
up the territory – Bashô’s frogs are replaced by bedbugs –
Kerouac’s drugs are replaced by Viagra – very feminine with
no holds barred – very astute and timely – a great read –
guaranteed to free up your notions of what a haiku can’t or
can do.

–Hal Sirowitz
– author of Father Said

Urban Haiku and More, published by Phil Linz of Fierce Grace Press.

Cost of book: was $7, now on sale for $5.