Reviews for Cindy Hochman and Chocolate Waters in Gently Read Literature for December

I love the very impressive format for Daniel Casey’s Gently Read Literature.  In this issue are my reviews for Cindy Hochman’s The Carcinogenic Bride, published by Poetry Thin Air Press (2011)and Chocolate Waters’ The Woman Who Wouldn’t Shake Hands, published by Poets Wear Prada and Eggplant Press.  I highly recommend these books.
For Cindy Hochman’s The Carcinogenic Bride
Clear the aisles!  Here comes The Carcinogenic Bride by Cindy Hochman from Poetry Thin Air Press (2011). No fanfare or organ music to accompany Ms. Hochman’s 22 poems.  Band-aids and surgical gloves need not apply.  Cindy’s poems are not bouquets of shrinking violets. They stand alone, cultivated by her brand of Brooklyn sensibility and wit.
Unlike my signature piece, The Bride Wore Black, which is my vow to singlehood, Cindy walked down a different aisle and emerged a survivor.  She survived the trenches of marriage, divorce, and cancer.  Her book is her license to life.
Yet she doesn’t walk alone.  Many women have walked down that same aisle. They are the warrior women who have battled with spouses or danced with the “Big C”.  They are the women who could relate most to Ms. Hochman’s stories and learn to laugh at life. (Read more at
For Chocolate Waters’ The     
Woman Who Wouldn’t Shake 
After a thirty-year hiatus, Chocolate Waters emerges with her spicy new chapbook, The Woman Who Wouldn’t Shake Hands, published by Poets Wear Prada (2011) and Eggplant Press (2011).  Chocolate’s writing is rich, creamy, and dark with a shot of vodka: the flavors that make her thirty-two poems taste yummy like her name and leave you craving more.  Ms. Waters, the Poet Laureate of Hell’s Kitchen and a lesbian activist, shares her passion, pathos, and humor on that most confusing and complex word in any language—love.  Her short pieces are honest and simple, spiced with grit, and easy to relate to.  You cry one moment and laugh the next.  Chocolate doesn’t want to shake your hand.  She wants you to get to know her instead. (Read more at
Patricia Carragon

Published by: Patricia Carragon

Brooklyn writer and poet Patricia Carragon loves cupcakes, chocolate, cats, and haiku. Her publication credits include BigCityLit, CLWN WR, Clockwise Cat, Danse Macabre, Home Planet News, Inertia, Lips, Levure littéraire, Long Island Quarterly, Mad Hatters’ Review, The Mom Egg, 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). Her latest books are "The Cupcake Chronicles" (Poets Wear Prada, 2017) and "Innocence" (Finishing Line Press, 2017). She hosts the Brooklyn-based Brownstone Poets and is the editor-in-chief of its annual anthology. Patricia is a member of brevitas, Pen Women's Literary Workshop, Women Writer's in Bloom,and Tamarind. She is one of the Executive Editors for Home Planet News Online. For more information, please check out her other website at: ---Performances --- ---Publications--- ---Series Schedule--- ---Bookstore--- ---Poetry Corner--- ---Online Reviews of My Books--- ---Follow Me on Goodreads--- ---Check Out My Author Page on--- Amazon.Com ---Become My Fan on ReverbNation--- ---Like My Page on FaceBook--- ----THE BROWNSTONE POETS READING SERIES:---- ---4th Saturday Readings (3rd Saturday if the 4th Saturday falls on a religious holiday). No reading in December. --Park Plaza Restaurant --220 Cadman Plaza West near Clark St. & Pineapple Walk, Brooklyn, NY 11201-- - 718 – 596 – 5900--- 2:30PM--- ---$5 donation---food/drink - Open Mic--- Take the A or C to High Street, 2 or 3 to Clark Street, R to Court Street, Borough Hall---

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