Friday, July 3, 2020

May - June Publication News

May - June Publication News

Jerry Jazz Musician -A Collection of Jazz Poetry-Spring 2020 Edition-May 12, 2020

“Supposition” by Martel Chapman

Happy that my two poems, So What and It's All in the Game are in the spring edition of Jerry Jazz Musician. Thank you Joseph Maita for this honor. Pleased to be with these writers:


What Rough Beast COVID-19 Edition, Indolent Books, May 15, 2020

Thank you Michael H. Broder for posting my piece, Moonlight Serenade.


Bear Creek Haiku Issue #162 June 2020

Much appreciation to Ayaz Daryl Nielsen for posting my haiku.

the Persian cat   
matches the weather   
camouflage in white


crochet accessories
for my hair


spring knows green
the buds on trees
the blades of grass


in a warm bed
the tuxedo cat curls up
into a ball


the adoptive moment
waits for cats
in cages


Silver Birch Press-Wearing A Mask Series-June 14, 2020

“Hyacinths” by Kawarazaki Shodo (1889-1973)

Thank you Melanie of Silver Birch Press for publishing my hyacinth haiku.


Alien Buddha Zine #16, May 31, 2020

Proud to be in Alien Buddha and thanks Red Focks for publishing Sad Eyes and This Vacant House.

Pleased to share the honors with Francine Witte.

Sad Eyes

plays dominoes—

one person falls,
then another,
and another . . .

personal shit
takes precedence over charity

when the hand that feeds

can’t pay bills,
buy bare necessities,
is late with the rent . . .

sad eyes,
the cat on 38th street,
purrs by the stoop

waits for food—

eventually realizes
that her feeder can’t come

or the day after . . .

the cat’s dinner,

leftover chicken à la trash—

today’s menu
for tomorrow,
or the day after  . . .


this vacant house

outside this vacant house
roses no longer grow

at midpoint
their petals fell at sunset

inside the house
sadness occupies

each room
expresses emptiness

broken windows
can’t forget what was

pieces of ceiling
fall like rose petals

blackened buds
grow on damp walls

the roof cries
more than ever


Another Haiku/Senryu Showcase
Alien Buddha Zine #17, 2020

Happy that Alien Buddha showcased my haiku. Thanks Red Focks. Kudos to Marie C. Lecrivain.

North Pole meltdown
polar bears
seek immunity


bodega cat
on the counter
not for sale


motherless kittens
by the garbage
ominous winds


underneath the car
an orange tabby
finds solace


The Avocet, A Journal of Nature Poetry,  Spring 2020

Happy to be in the Spring 2020 Issue of The Avocet. Thank you Charles, Vivian, and Valerie Portolano. Kudos to Mary Jo Balistreri.

bunny ears on Kitty  
her expression  
a cat meme


tiny crocus  
harbinger of hope  
grows in a vacant lot    


Orbis International Literary Journal, 
#192, June 2020

Thank you Carole Baldock, for accepting my poems, Almost Blue and the handkerchief. I'm so pleased to be part of this British Journal

Almost Blue
(trumpet and vocals by Chet Baker)

my mood grows jazzy

almost blue

unlike robin’s egg   nighttime   or the Adriatic Sea

closer to the wild Baptisia australis   or Ajna’s doorway

non-existent in a Crayola box   or on a Pantone chart

almost blue                  only I can see   hear   or feel

my color has a face   a voice   a trumpet’s grief   a heartbeat   slow & broken

& eyes   ears   & hands
articulate more than words

Patricia Carragon


the handkerchief

it’s nighttime—
he hides his head

in a hoodie.
a handkerchief tied tight,

covers his mouth—
the front tooth missing.

his eyes
in between a threat
or apology.

death lurks in the night.

love’s being tested,
his eyes more scared
than mine.

Patricia Carragon


The Rainbow Project May and June

So honored to be part of this colorful series. Thank you Roxanne Hoffman and Jack Cooper of Poets Wear Prada.

Shout outs to Roxanne Hoffman, Jack Cooper, Mireya Perez Bustilo, Dorothy Friedman August, Prince A. McNally, Tantra-zawadi, Carrie Magness Radna, George Held, Iris N. Schwartz, Davidson Garrett, Anne Barbusse, Moe Seager, Karen Neuberg, John J. Trause, et al.


Waymark, Voices of the Valley, A Poetry Magazine #14, June 2020

I’m so thrilled to be in Waymark #14 along with George Wallace Linda Lerner Austin Alexis Roberta Gould Mike Jurkovic Susana H. Case  Bruce Weber et al. Congrats to all. Thank you Roger Aplon.

Forbidden History  

forbidden history  
walks down generation roads

indelible stains from hurt and shame
bleed more than menstruation

broken women
         broken homes
broken spirits

the kitchen   or toilet   not sanctuaries for escape

lips sealed by rusty locks   or fists   can’t break free

fear hides the truth   takes a brush
scrubs history in the sink   or flushes it

but hurt and shame don’t always end up clean   or in the sewer

some clog drains and pipes

                  break locks   or fists   that keeps lips shut
Patricia Carragon

Thursday, June 4, 2020

Deadline for Home Planet News Issue 8 is Thursday, October 1.

Deadline for Home Planet News Issue 8  is Thursday, October 1.

Please send submissions to 
Frank Murphy ONLY at

Dear friends and contributors,
I hope this email finds you all safe and well. The deadline for our upcoming issue is 10/1/2020. We need more material, Poems, Prose: Fiction, Flash Fiction, Essays, Reviews, Memoir, Plays, Translocations. And we need Artwork, lots of artwork. I know some of you have already submitted and I apologize for taking your time but I am also asking all contributors to please let others know via the link below:

It is best to send materials as either a Word or Page document. As I am working on this next issue, I have also been building our database so you may get this massage twice if you have two email addresses. Sorry! If you have received this announcement because someone forwarded it to you and you are interested in receive messages from Home Planet News Online, please send your email address to us. 

Stay well, stay safe, Frank

Tuesday, May 26, 2020

Sensitive Skin Zoom Reading, Thursday, May 28, 8 p.m. EST

Join us on Zoom for yet another in our seemingly endless series of online readings during quarantine! This week featuring:

- Peter Bushyeager
- Patricia Carragon
- George Wallace

Facebook Event:

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No password required! No shoes, no shirt, no service! Zoom bombers welcome!

Note the new earlier time: 5pm PDT / 8pm EDT.

"Doors" open 10 minutes early.

Check out the previous Beer Virus readings (and many others from those halcyon unmasked days of bygone times) at our YouTube channel:

Subscribe today! Or, other suggested online options:
"Zero Zero Zero" on Amazon Prime
"Mrs. America" on Hulu
"Babylon Berlin" on NetFlix

Patricia Carragon's latest books from Poets Wear Prada are Meowku and The Cupcake Chronicles, and Innocence from Finishing Line Press. Ms. Carragon hosts Brownstone Poets and is the editor-in-chief of its annual anthology and is an executive editor for Home Planet News Online. She lives in Brooklyn.

Peter Bushyeager’s poetry has recently appeared in New American Writing, Sensitive Skin, Local Knowledge, Café Review, Live Mag!, Boog Reader 12, and the anthology From Somewhere to Nowhere. His poetry collections include In the Green Oval and Citadel Luncheonette, and he edited Wake Me When It’s Over: Selected Poems of Bill Kushner (Talisman House 2018).

George Wallace is writer in residence at the Walt Whitman Birthplace, editor and co-editor of Great Weather for Media and Poetry, and author of 37 chapbooks of poetry. Winner of the Ditet e Naimit Laureateship (Tetova, Macedonia 2017) and the Orpheus Prize (Plovdiv Bulgaria 2018), he travels worldwide from his base in New York City to share his work.

Saturday, May 16, 2020

The Poet’s, Writer’s & Storyteller’s Virtual Poet’s Stage – Event IV

The Poet’s, Writer’s & Storyteller’s Virtual Poet’s Stage – Event IV

The Poet’s, Writer’s & Storyteller’s Virtual Poet’s Stage – Event IV
(formerly: The “As We Keep Our Distance” Stage)
Join us online -AGAIN- as we present 3 outstanding Poets who will be featuring at this online event.
Date: Sunday, May 24th, 2020
Time: 4:00PM EDT to 6:00PM EDT
21 years and over please
Admission: FREE
—Madeline Artenberg: Poet, Author, New York, NY
—Patricia Carragon: Poet, Author, Editor/Host Brownstone Poets, Brooklyn, NY
—Susana H. Case: Poet, Author, New York, NY
Hosted by Jerry T Johnson
There is a 15 Slot Poetry Open Mic (Poetry Only for this one) – SELECT OPEN MIC admission in EVENTBRITE
Before falling for poetry, Madeline Artenberg was a photojournalist and street theatre performer. Her work has appeared in many publications, such as Rattle and international magazine, The POET. She won Lyric Recovery and Poetry Forum prizes and was semi-finalist in Margie, The American Journal of Poetry contest.
Patricia Carragon latest books from Poets Wear Prada are Meowku and The Cupcake Chronicles, and Innocence from Finishing Line Press. Ms. Carragon hosts Brownstone Poets and is the editor-in-chief of its annual anthology and is an executive editor for Home Planet News Online. She lives in Brooklyn.
Susana H. Case is the author of seven books of poetry, most recently Dead Shark on the N Train in 2020 from Broadstone Books. (Available from Drugstore Blue (Five Oaks Press) won an IPPY Award in 2019. She is also the author of five chapbooks, two of which won poetry prizes