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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


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:


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

Curated by Patricia Carragon









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.


Shadow of the Geode/ La Sombra de la Geoda









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 Café! 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.



Publication News Fall/ Winter and More

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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 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
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

More October Publication News

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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:


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.


Poems by George Wallace

Big City, Little:

Shiela e. Black: Re-Mix: To My Brothers and Sisters Living in the West


Roy Robins, Six Stories

Thaddeus Rutkowski, Absent Without Leave


Richard Levine A City Story of Residential Radon, Natural Gas and Lung Cancer

Christopher Cappelluti, The Recorded Poetry of Barry Wallenstein


Robert Klein Engler, Inaugural Poetry, Clinton and Benghazi

Patrick Henry, Strategy at Red Star Belgrade, excerpt from Facing the Music

Natasha Lvovich, Renamed and Deleted


George Drew on Bouncing The Rubble: The Unearthing of Juan J.Morales: Friday and the Year That Followed

Pamela L. Laskin’s Plagarist, reviewed by Melinda Thomsen


New Additions:

Kate Irving, Raising the Arsonist’s Daughter from the Dead

Quitman Marshall, You Were Born One Time

Richard Levine, The Cadence of Mercy

Patricia Brody, Dangerous to Know


Raleigh Thompson: Chemistry

Field Report: Field Report

Cory Branan: Mutt

Various Artists: Farewell Transmission: The Music of Jason Molina


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.


—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


 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


lamppost moon

sunshine leaves

autumn nocturne


leaves somersault

on sidewalks

autumn breeze

Happy Holidays from Brownstone Poets

Snow on Promenade Benches bridge in background 2013 KN










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 the Short Poem

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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.


Dorothy Friedman August  •  Amy Barone  •  Susan Gerardi Bello  •  Maura Candela  •  Claudia Carlson

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

October Publication News


“The Wind” by Stephen Martin Gang – woodcut


Happy to announce that my poems, “New Utrecht Avenue,” “When I Die,” and “The Little Mouse That Smiled” are in this terrific Puerto Rican Bi-Annual online literary/ arts journal, Solunestrella Caribbean Publications (edited and published by Stephen Martin Gang).

I share the space with Flash Rosenberg, Stephen Martin Gang, Alexandra Ostolaza de Jesus-, and Miriam Wold– Nupastel.

Please click on the link below.



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