Patricia Carragon's Blog: Words Give Me the Will to Write

Patricia Carragon's Blog: Words Give Me the Will to Write

Book Review by Linda Lerner of Innocence in the Mom Egg Review

Book Review by Linda Lerner of Innocence in the Mom Egg Review

Linda Lerner, author of Yes, the Ducks Were Real (NYQ Books, 2015), did a fabulous review of my latest book, Innocence (Finishing Line Press, 2017) in the Mom Egg Review. The Mom Egg Review, edited by Marjorie Tesser, is a journal that supports the diverse creativity of mothers and of those influenced by their mothers.

Review by Linda Lerner

In the poem “The Palace,” a child who was never conceived is trapped in a palace destroyed “in seconds” (6)–a repetitive phrase used in the poem–but “still left standing” and she becomes the central metaphor of this collection. This child “caught in between the bricks” (6)is the same one “who drew flowers and animals everywhere” until in Kindergarten “her imagination learned to stay within the lines;” (3)and it is the same child, who “like a dandelion” is playing freely outside her mother’s door—slamming disapproval when the game ends with rain beating down on her.(3)
Used in the double sense, the verbs to give birth and to imagine become synonymous.
The recurrent art theme in many of these poems works along the same lines. The artist, for now, has vanished in “Picture of Life;” the colors fade; “brushes lie unwashed / too brittle for use.”(4)

Her pictures, like the child who wasn’t conceived, never broke out onto the canvas and are lost in “inertia.” There is no birth.

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Publications and Book Reviews

I’m behind on a lot of stuff since my move to Flushing and dealing with health issues with my mom, so here it goes:



1-Baby Bump is up on Sketchbook’s Haiku Thread for May/June Editor’s Choice:


along with poems from John Daleiden and others.



2-MÖBIUS, The Poetry Magazine accepted my poem Network for the 30th Anniversary issue.



3-First Literary Review-East posted Open Space for the September 2012 issue along with poems from Bob Heman, Lyn Lifshin, Ann Shalaski, Ed Stever, Maria Jacketti, Charles Pierre, BJ Muirhead, Linda Simone, Edi Holley, Michael Ceraolo, Sharon Anderson, Bill Glose, George Held, Mary Orovan, Eve Packer, Hope Koppelman, Angelo Verga, and Erika Dagnino. 



4-My book reviews for Jason Schneiderman’s Striking Surface and Juanita Torrence-Thompson’s Talking With Stanley Kunitzare up on Gently Read Literature’s Summer Edition.  Wonderful books worth checking out!


George Wallace Reviews Urban Haiku and More in the Latest Big City Liy

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.’ 
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: 

P.S. Bookshop
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 Take the F to York

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
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My Review for Susan Maurer’s Maerchen in the June Issue of Gently Read Literature

My Review for Susan Maurer’s Maerchen in the June Issue of Gently Read Literature

Maerchen, Susan H. Maurer, Maverick Duck Press, 2008
Mythology, colored by Druid shamans, inspired Susan H. Maurer to document her poetic journey, Maerchen. Like a Celtic design, Maurer’s thirteen poems weave the past into the 21st Century. Her fascination with Celtic history began in the basement of the Jefferson Market Library in Greenwich Village, New York, where she read about the Celts and Druids in The Encyclopedia of Religion. Although the facts of this edition of The Encyclopedia of Religion were questionable according to a revised edition, learning about the myths and poetic traditions sent Maurer on her Celtic quest. (Read more at

Please also check out Susan Maurer’s Poetry Thin Air Interview on Youtube:

Poetry Thin Air Interview – Susan Maurer