A big shout out to George Wallace for his amazing review for my book, “Urban Haiku and More” in the latest issue of Big City Lit.
Here’s an excerpt from the review:
In Urban Haiku and More, Patricia Carragon brings something else to the table. There’s a kind of urbane wittiness to these works, by turns caustic, plaintive, engaging and abrupt — a kimono-clad harkening to Whitman’s notion of the Barbaric Yawp.
This is poetry on the urban edge, haiku that attempts to straddle the wide gulf between New York City street smarts and the ineffable parlance of the zen moment. Often enough, it is compelling stuff.
Carragon is nothing if not in this world and of it, warts and all, delineating the painful truths as opposed to the transcendental. There are ample examples of her unflinching candor: Here’s a couple “I douche my drain/With Drano/she/does hers/with Liquid-Plumr.’ ‘ stained sheets/not from/your boyfriend’s last visit.’ Or this: ‘love/decides to/take the subway//and gets screwed/in the/tunnel.’
URBAN HAIKU AND MORE:
Haiku, Senruy, Hay(Na)Ku
and other Unrhymed Tercet Poetry
by Patricia Carragon
Fierce Grace Press, 2010; 52 pages; $7.00
You can purchase Urban Haiku and More at:
St. Mark’s Bookshop
31 Third Avenue between 8th and 9th Streets
New York, NY 10003
212 – 260-7853
or buy them in person.
Find a used copy at:
76 Front Street
DUMBO, Brooklyn,NY 11201
Phone# (718) 222-3340
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