Give the Gift of Poetry and Cupcakes for the Holidays
Books from Patricia Carragon and Brownstone Poets
Thank you Roxanne Hoffman for nominating “Saturday Night After Midnight, August 5, 2023” from “The Cupcake Chronicles” for the 2018 Pushcart Prize for Fiction!
About Patricia Carragon:
Patricia Carragon is an executive editor for Home Planet News Online. She hosts the Brooklyn-based Brownstone Poets reading series and open mic and is Editor in Chief of its annual anthology. Her poems and stories have appeared in over one hundred publications, most recently Autonomedia, The Avocet: A Journal of Nature Poetry, Bear Creek Haiku, Clockwise Cat, Diaphanous, First Literary Review-East, Panoply, poeticdiversity, Sensations, Sensitive Skin and The Yellow Chair Review, among other literary journals and anthologies. She is the author of three collections of poetry, “Journey to the Center of My Mind” (Rogue Scholars Press, 2005), “Urban Haiku and More” (Fierce Grace Press, 2010), and “Innocence” (Finishing Line Press, 2017). “The Cupcake Chronicles” is her first book of fiction.
“It is a testament to her vivacious spirit that Patricia Carragon would think to personify cupcakes as a device to chronicle quotidian activities and as a mode to assuage the anxieties of her daily jaunts. Tasty diary entries mingle humor and contemplative musings in a way that not only tantalizes the tongue but stimulates all of the sensory receptors, as her imagery erupts from the page to entice one’s very soul.” — Alison Ross, publisher and editor of “Clockwise Cat”
Ms. Carragon has whipped up a batter of metaphor, mysticism. and whimsy, sprinkled with the right words, layered with meaning, baked to perfection and topped with a sweet frosting of fable.
— Peter V. Dugan, Nassau County Poet Laureate 2016- 2018
The Cupcake Chronicles is an imaginative fable that explores what would happen if your afternoon treat were to suddenly come to life.
— Francine Witte, author of Not All Fires Burn The Same
The fine playfulness of this book is worth three times the cover cost. Own it and get such sweetness, calorie free.
— Susan H. Maurer, author of Josephine Butler: A Collection of Poetry
What begins as a normal work day changes for Carragon when she sees “cupcakes — the size of hobbits — parading the halls” of her office. From that point on, humanoid confections take over her life — and — ours in this allegorical tale depicting the underlining madness of our ordinary lives.
— Linda Lerner, author of Yes, the Ducks Were Real”
Carragon writes with humor, deft language, and an energy that sweeps us into buttercream icing. . . Pay close attention to the wisdom her cupcakes impart: “We are here to look delicious and to please the sweet tooth of the human race” ; “Humans are better off as desserts.”
— Maria Lisella, Queens Poet Laureate 2015 – 2018
Mar 3, 2017
by Patricia Carragon
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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)
Brownstone Poets has been inspiring poetry in Brooklyn since 2005. We strive to be unique and diverse, and we welcome a multitude of styles and forms. We would like to thank this year’s fifty-two reader-contributors listed below, as well as our loyal attendees. Without their love for, and dedication to, our reading series, this anthology would not have been possible.
We would also like to honor this year’s guest poet, Evie Ivy, and pay tribute to our fellow poets, Cynthia Toronto and Michael Walsh, who passed away this past year.
This collection of poetry, infused with Brooklyn imagery, is our contribution to the vibrant creative spirit in the Borough of Kings.