Another year of publications for the first quarter of 2022:
Un Bordado de Voces (An Embroidery of Voices) The Alternative New Year’s Day Spoken Word/Performance Extravaganza 2022 Anthology (Rogue Scholars Press 2022)
Happy to start the year off right with the publication of my poems “If I Could Write a Book” and “Caution”
Thank you Pete Dolack, Madeline Artenberg, Lydia Cortés, C.D. Johnson, Linda Kleinbub, Ptr Kozlowski, Tsaurah Litzky, Ellen Lytle, Su Polo, Robert Roth, Thad Rutkowski, Merissa Anderson. Congrats to the over 150 poets.
First Literary Review-East Winter 2022
Much appreciation to Cindy Hochman and Karen Neuberg for publishing my Winter haiku:
Congrats to George Northrup, Mona Bedi, Chuck Joy, Thomas Fucaloro, James Owens, John Tustin, Lynn White, Stephen Mead, D. Beveridge, Clarissa Jakobsons, Ivan de Monbrison, D.R. James, Joshua Martin, Alison Ross, Alex Caldiero, Ace Boggess, Michael Ruby, Sheila E. Murphy, Juan Pablo Mobili, Lorraine Caputo, Ken Gosse, Darrell Petska, Yuan Hongri
Bear Creek Haiku #179 February 2022
Thank you Ayaz Daryl Nielsen for accepting my Catku. Congrats to Mary Jo Balistreri, and more.
Bear Creek Haiku Blogspot Saturday, February 12, 2022
Thank you Ayaz Darryl Nielsen for publishing my Catku.
Congrats to Cathy Porter, Mary Jo Balistreri, Robert Ligerman, r. soos, John Parsons, Tsaurah Litzky, Minal Sarosh, Judith Nielsen, and Jack Kornfield!
Bear Creek Haiku Blogspot Saturday, March 12, 2022
Thanks again Ayaz Daryl Nielsen for publishing more Catku. Kudos to Pat St. Pierre, Dennis Rhodes, Nancy L. Dahl, Mary Jo Balistreri, t. kilgore splake, Thomas Merton, Senegal, John McDonald, and Judith Nielsen!
Spoken Word Sundays Zoom: Patricia Carragon and Robert Anthony Gibbons
Sunday, January 16, 2022
4:00 PM 5:30 PM
Happy to be reading with my Poets Wear Prada brother, Robert Anthony Gibbons. I will be reading an excerpt from my novel, Angel Fire, and from Meowku, plus new poems.
From great weather for media:
As COVID transmission rates in NYC are currently high, we have decided to temporarily move our Parkside Lounge show to Zoom. Please register via Eventbrite by 3:30 pm on the day of the event. The host will take open mic signups.
Please keep checking our website and Facebook page for updates on future readings. If we can’t be at the Parkside at any time, we will be on Zoom.
Featuring Patricia Carragon and Robert Anthony Gibbons
Plus poetry open mic
Hosted by Jerry T. Johnson
Patricia Carragon has been widely published online and in print. Her most recent publications include Acoustic Levitation, Buddha Press, Bear Creek Haiku, Danse Macabre, First Literary Review-East, Jerry Jazz Musician,Muddy River Poetry Review, The Rutherford Red Wheelbarrow, Nirla Press, et al. Her debut novel, Angel Fire, is from Alien Buddha Press. Her latest book from Poets Wear Prada is Meowku. She hosts Brownstone Poets and is the editor-in-chief of its annual anthology. She is an executive editor for Home Planet News Online. Patricia lives in Brooklyn, NY.
Robert Anthony Gibbons, a native Floridian, came to New York City in 2007 in search of his muse Langston Hughes and found a vibrant contemporary poetry community at the Cornelia Street Cafe, the Green Pavilion, Nomad’s Choir, Brownstone Poets, Hydrogen JukeBox, Saturn Series, and Phoenix among other venues.
Robert has been published in over thirty literary magazines and in several notable anthologies. Recent publication credits include Year of the Poet, Killens Review, Tribes, Involuntary Magazine, Peregrine, Expound, Promethean, Turtle Island Quarterly, Killer Whale,Suisun Valley Review, and the Bronx Memoir Project: Vol. 2 published by the Bronx Council of the Arts.
He has received funding from the Puffin Foundation (2021), United States Artists (2020), and most recently the New York Foundation for the Arts.(2021).
Thank you Ayaz Daryl Nielsen for publishing my 3 catku. Kudos to Ram Chandran, John McDonald, Mary Jo Balistreri, Julie A. Dickson, t. kilgore splake, Adrian Bouter, Judith Nielsen, and Pawel Markiewicz!
Thank you Ayaz Daryl Nielsen for publishing my cat holiday haiku. Kudos to Mary Jo Balistreri, Minal Sarosh, Nancy L. Dahl, Mary Oliver and Peggy Dugan French, Mona Bedi, Karen O’Leary, Pawel Markiewicz, Cathy Porter, and, Susan Cooper!
Jerry Jazz Musician A Collection of Jazz Poetry – Fall/Winter, 2021-22 Edition-December 10, 2021
Pleased to see my two poems, “Just Say I Love Him” and “Someone To Watch Over Me” in the latest edition of Jerry Jazz Musician. Much appreciated, Joe Maita. Happy to share the joy with these other great poets, George Held, Amy Barone, Carrie Magness Radna, Russell Dupont, Ermira Mitre, et al.
Excited that my three haiku and photo will be in Mankh’s 2022 Haiku Calendar – list of poets, artists, photographers – published by Allbook Books:
Gary Barton Bill Batcher Dean Blehert Cliff Bleidner Maddie Boese Elena Botts Paula Camacho Patricia Carragon Chris Clendenin Jeanne Clendenin Lynn CooperIoana Cosma Betsey Dickerson Linda Trott Dickman Carmela Dolce A.i. Firefly Adam D. Fisher Lynn M. Fornuff David Fox Glenn P. Garamellatiokasin ghosthorse Geraldine Green Geneva L. Hagar Barbara Harris Mankh (Walter E. Harris III) Patrice Hasbrook Kristine Henderson Linda Marie Hilton Julio Holgado J Holgado Jim Kacian Bill Kenney Jeff Logan Maria Manobianco Sheila Mardenfeld Roberta A. McQueen Cindy Medina Linda Ranieri Melodia A. Molotkov Madison Muehl Onan Musoy Marcela Ossa Pir Evan Pritchard Tony Quagliano James Thomas Romano Narges Rothermel Will Ryder Robert Savino Lisa M. Scuderi-Burkimsher Barbara Segal Emily-Sue Sloane Patti Tana Anne Marie Tognella J R (Judy) Turek JR Vork Margarette Wahl Lynne Weixel, PhD Kay J. Wight
Happy to have my poem, “i’ve put on my mother’s shoes,” a workshop poem created at Women Writer’s in Bloom, in the MER VOX Quarterly – Winter 2021. Thank you Marjorie Tesser, J.P. Howard, Jennifer Martelli, and Cindy Veach.
Patricia Carragon. author of Urban Haiku and More, returns with more Haiku, this time inspired by her favorite muse, our sphinx-like companion, the CAT.
Aaron Fisher, author ofBlack Stars of Blood: The Weegee Poems (Main Street Rag Press), says,“Patricia Carragon has done something notable, writing and assembling some 30 pages of haiku about cats (hence, meowku) that are neither cute nor cloying. What they are is smart, funny, and satisfyingly complex — quite an accomplishment in seventeen syllables.”
David Dephy, a Georgian/American award-winning poet, novelist, and performer, sums it up: “These poems themselves are warm and mystical like kittens. They crawl from page to page with catlike grace as you caress them with your eyes and breath, as you stare them in the eye you become cautious like them and don’t want your silence to be disturbed by anyone while reading.”
Judy Kamilhor, author of Before the Big Bang and Cat Dreams, notes, “Enjoy a delightful romp of word play through a New York filled with mischievous cats and kittens. Accompanied by lovely photos, Patricia Carragon’s poems capture moments of city life with feline friends and sometimes foes. Who knew that this ancient Japanese forms fit modern New York life with cats so purrfectly?”
And lastly, Ayaz Daryl Nielsen, Editor of Bear Creek Haiku, says, “Patricia Carragon is known throughout our creative and feline worlds as “that Brooklyn girl.” The humor, noblesse, and yes, loveliness of her nationwide nurturing presence are aptly, beautifully encapsulated within these thirty-five pages of photos, haiku, and micro (yet mighty) poems. Meowku is nurturing “cattitude” we all need.
Some delicious stories about cupcakes that come to life:
From Alison Ross, publisher and editor of “Clockwise Cat:”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.”
Linda Lerner, author of Yes, The Ducks Were Real, says, “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 underlying madness of our ordinary lives. No reader will be able to forget holding a kitchen knife to a devil’s food cupcake topped with “pink buttercream clouds” and hearing a scream, or the sight of a “badly bitten banana nut” asking for spare change on the train.”
Maria Lisella, Queens Poet Laureate 2015-2018, writes, “A funny thing happened on activist/writer Patricia Carragon’s way to her favorite sweet shop: a swirling journey peopled with cupcake commuters who are wise and witty, inside a world that sometimes banishes humans in favor of those savvy cupcakes. Carragon writes with humor, deft language, and an energy that sweeps us into buttercream icing. Both participant and spectator, she’s sometimes pressed against glass looking in; other times, the cupcakes lean in and confide in her. Pay close attention to the wisdom her cupcakes impart: “We are her to look delicious and to please the sweet tooth of the human race.”: “Humans are better off as desserts.”
And Susan H. Maurer, author of Josephine Butler exclaims,”A collection of Poetry.Carragon’s cupcake capers? Read this and weep. It is a delight, and a double delight when you get to hear her read it. The fine playfulness of this book is worth three times the cover cost. Own it and get such sweetness, calorie free. “
About Patricia Carragon:
Patricia Carragon loves cupcakes, chocolate, cats, and haiku. She is an avid writer of short stories, prose, and poetry. She has been widely published online and in print. Her recent publications include The Avocet: A Journal of Nature Poetry, A Gathering of the Tribes, Alien Buddha Press,Bear Creek Haiku, BigCityLit,The Café Review, Concrete Mist Press, First Literary Review-East, great weather for MEDIA, Indolent Books, Jerry Jazz Musician, Live Mag!,Madness Muse Press, Muddy River Poetry Review, Narrative Northeast, The New Verse News, Nixes Mate, North of Oxford, Panoplyzine, Paterson Literary Review, Poetrybay,Poets Wear Prada, Oddball Magazine, Orbis International Literary Journal, Redheaded Stepchild, Right Hand Pointing, Sensations Magazine, Sensitive Skin, Silver Birch Press,Stardust Haiku, et al. Her fiction piece “What Has to Happen Next” has been nominated for Sundress Publications Annual Best of the Net Anthology and her poem Paris the Beautiful won Poem of the Week from great weather for MEDIA. Her debut novel, Angel Fire, is from Alien Buddha Press. Herlatest books from Poets Wear Prada are Meowku and The Cupcake Chronicles, and Innocence from Finishing Line Press. Her first books of poems were Journey to the Center of My Mind from Rogue Scholars Press, followed by Urban Haiku and More from Fierce Grace Press. Patricia hosts Brownstone Poets and is the editor-in-chief of its annual anthology. She is an executive editor for Home Planet News Online. Patricia lives in Brooklyn, NY, USA.
About Poets Wear Prada:
Publishing beautifully designed volumes of well-crafted poetry — and now fiction — you want to read, since October 2006 from Hoboken, New Jersey, birthplace of Frank Sinatra and professional baseball.
Thank you Malaika King Albrecht for publishing “I Only Have Eyes for You” in the Fall 2020 Issue of Redheaded Stepchild.
Honored to share this space with Susana H. Case.
The Avocet, A Journal of Nature Poetry, Fall 2020
Much gratitude to Charles, Vivian, and Valerie Portolano and Editor Emeritus, Peter Leverich for accepting my two haiku.
like fallen leaves
travels with the wind
The Weekly Avocet, #421, December 27, 2020
Thank you Charles Portolano, Vivian, and Valerie Portolano for accepting my three haiku.
cooling off on a tray
impatience can’t wait
bright lights shiny balls
beckon curious cats
to attack the tree
ornaments go down
for the count
Bear Creek Haiku Pushcart Nomination
Ayaz Daryl Nielsen, publisher of Bear Creek Haiku
What a nice surprise being nominated for a pushcart prize for my Catku from issue #166 of Bear Creek Haiku. Thank you Ayaz Daryl Nielsen. Such an honor.
PUSHCART Prize nominees!… from print issue #162, Cathy Porter!, and, Judith Partin-Nielsen! from #163, r. soos! from #164, Peggy Dugan French! from #165, t. kilgore splake!, and, from #166, Patricia Carragon!
Thank you Mankh for publishing my haiku and photo in your 2021 Haiku Calendar published by Allbook Books – list of artists:https://www.allbook-books.com/html/2021_haiku_calendar.htmSharon AndersonGary BartonDean BlehertCliff BleidnerMaddie BoeseElena BottsPaula CamachoPatricia CarragonDiane ChapitisChris ClendeninJeanne ClendeninLynn Coopersteve dalachinskyBetsey DickersonLinda Trott DickmanCarmela DolceAdam D. FisherLynn M. FornuffDavid FoxGlenn P. GaramellaTiokasin GhosthorsGeraldine GreenGeneva L. HagarBarbara HarrisMankh (Walter E. Harris III)Patrice HasbrookKristine HendersonLinda Marie HiltonJ HolgadoJim KacianBill KenneyJeanette KlimszewskiJeff LoganMaria ManobiancoSheila MardenfeldRoberta A. McQueenCristian MartinezCindy MedinaLinda Ranieri MelodiaA. MolotkovMariJo MooreOnan MusoyChristopher A. Nicola.Yuko OtomoEvan PritchardTony QuaglianoBev RobertsonSophia RokhlinNarges RothermelWill RyderRobert SavinoLisa M. Scuderi-BurkimsherBarbara SegalSteve SiegelwaksBarbara SouthardTom StockPatti TanaAnne Marie TognellaJ R (Judy) TurekJR VorkMargarette WahlLynne WeixelKay J. Wight My haiku: stealing a momentto smell the hyacinthsI lower my mask– Patricia CarragonSilver Birch Press, Wearing A Mask Series, 6/14/2020.distant sirensrain beats harderthan ever– Patricia Carragon
“City Shadows” – Patricia Carragon
Bear Creek Haiku Blogspot, Friday, December 11, 2020
Happy to announce that Bear Creek Haiku took 3 recent haiku. Thanks Ayaz Daryl Nielsen
Thank you Don Kingfisher Campbell for accepting my poem in this photo for Spectrum 25
Congrats to MARIELLE ASKEW, JESSE RAY TOVAR, TIM TIPTON, ELIZZABETH HAMILTON, JOSEPH NICKS, JACK G BOWMAN, VICTOR CASS, LAWRENCE BERGER, CARL STILWELL, EILEEN CAROLE, GT FOSTER, PEARL LEW, JAMES COATS, MARSHA GRIECO, JOE GRIECO, DAVID DEPHY, ELLARAINE LOCKIE, MEGHA SOOD, JUDY BARRAT, HEDY HABRA, CINDY RINNE, KATHRYN KUKLINSKI, PATRICIA CARRAGON, RICK LEDDY, JEFFRY MICHAEL JENSEN, ESTELA VICTORIA-CORDERO, DEAN OKAMURA, RS ROCHA, MARIA ILIOU, XRXN STXRR MXRTXNXZ, MARILYN STALDER-BURKE, ALICIA VIGUER-ESPERT, JACKIE CHOU, THOM GARZONE, GWENDOLYN FLEISCHER, STEPHANIE LOGAN, BILL CUSHING, ELLYN MAYBE, GARY JACOBELLY, CHRIS ASKEW, LORI WALL-HOLLOWAY, SHIH-FANG WANG, KELLY GREENE, CHARLES HARMON, PAULI DUTTON, COCO, LINDA NEAL, MIRA MATARIC, JOSHUA CORWIN, BETH BAIRD, THELMA T REYNA, RICHARD DUTTON, LISBETH COIMAN, PATRICIA MURPHY, JANE ENGLEMAN, SAMANTHA M, DON KINGFISHER CAMPBELL.
Beat Generation, National Beat Poetry Anthology Virtual Launch Part 2, October 16, 2020, Local Gems Press
Thank you James Paul Wagner for selecting my recording of “Take Five.” So happy that this poem is in the anthology.
Thank you ayaz daryl nielsen for publishing my haiku. Congrats to Michael Ceraolo,Judith Partin-Nielsen, Dennis Rhodes, r soos, Paula Yup, Toma Rosen, t. kilgore splake, Teresinka Pereira, John McDonald, James B. Peters, Carl Mayfield, et al.
thinking of cats and haiku
while brushing my teeth
tell that to
the sleeping cat
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~Spillwords Press, October 23, 2020
Happy to have “Strange Fruit” in the current Jerry Jazz Musician Poetry reflecting the era of COVID, Black Lives Matter, and a heated political season — Vol. 4 October 29, 2020. Thank you Joe Maita. Pleased to see my friends Ronald P. Bremner, Carrie Magness Radna, Linda Lerner, Jack Cooper, Prince A McNally, and Ermira Mitre
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~Bear Creek Haiku Blogspot, Thursday, August 27, 2020
Much gratitude to Ayaz Daryl Nielsen and his kitty crew for publishing my Catku. Shout outs to Tomas Tranströmer, Teresinka Pereira, Miriam Sagan, Rachael Lkins, Eva Limbach, Linda Amos, r soos, t kilgore splake, Chris “Cricket” Faiers click below to read: https://bearcreekhaiku.blogspot.com/2020/08/poets-tomas-transtromer-teresinka.html ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ Bear Creek Haiku Blogspot, Sunday, August 30, 2020
Thank you Maria Gillan for publishing “Dance With Me,” in the latest Paterson Review. Kudos to Amy Barone, John Amen, Laura Boss, Ted Jonathan, Linda Lerner, Ronald P. Bremner, Thaddeus Rutkowski, Amanda J. Bradley, et al.
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ Poetry in Performance #48, Annual Spring Poetry Festival, the City College of New York, May 1, 2020 (e-book)
Much gratitude to Ayaz Daryl Nielsen and his kitty crew for publishing my Catku. Shout outs to Miriam Sagan, Anthony Ward, Peggy Dugan French (a Friday poem), t. kilgore splake, Billy Antonio, Judith Partin-Nielsen, Cathy Porter, and, Teresinka Pereira! click below to read: https://bearcreekhaiku.blogspot.com/2020/07/poets-miriam-sagan-anthony-ward-peggy.html ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ Bear Creek Haiku Blogspot, Wednesday, July 15, 2020
Thanks again, Ayaz Daryl Nielsen and kudos to Rachel Ikins, pl wick, Paula Yup, Robert Hirschfield, Linda Fuchs, Judith Patin-Nielsen, Miriam Sagan, Jane Stuart, Dennis Rhodes, Cathy Porter, Janet Ruth Heller, John McDonald, t kilgore splake, and more.
by the tulip patch
a momma cat
hides her kittens
nocturnal love nest
outside my building
kitty hookers in heat
outdoor litter box
kittens spread fertilizer
rose bushes thrive ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ The Poet’s Art, Issue #65, July 2020
Thank you, David Fox for Publishing “Misty” and “El Cóndor Pasa.” Congrats to writers Gene Olsen, Julie Spencer, Robert E. L. Nesbitt, Joanne Tolson, Linda Amos, Ginny Cope, Arthur Morris, David Fox, pl. wick, Michael Crayton Powell, and more.
From her perchabove the human drama,
Misty, the cream-colored cat,washed her paws clean.
She knew her way around
her master’s apartment.
Her kitten days,faded like the album cover
by the turntable. Ella Fitzgerald sang
the cat’s namesake’s song.
Seductionfor her master’s friend,
still irritable on the chaise lounge.
Whenever mad,she’d kick off her pumps—
her right foot would cross her left. After another glassof Chardonnay,
about his thousand violins
and why his hello
no longer sounded sweet? He poured himself
another glass of wine, lost in words
that lost their meaning.
She took her hat and gloves,
said a swift goodbye.
The cat ran to the closed door,
encircled her master’s legs.
His eyes,too misty to notice.
El Cóndor Pasa(sung by Paul Simon and Art Garfunkel)
Wild like the condor,
he followed the distant flute.
Strands of hair,
blew across his face.His horse left ghosts
on the Peruvian playa. I walked on broken shells,
hummed the saddest song,
El Cóndor Pasa.
I became the hammer, not the nail,
the sparrow, not the snail,the forest,
not the street,
the swan wanting to sail away. The song forgot about my necklace,
Nomination for Sundress Publications Annual Best of the Net Anthology.
Thank you Marie C Lecrivain for nominating my fiction piece, “What Will Happen Next:” Congrats to all nominees.
Dear Al-Khemia Poetica Contributors:
If you’re receiving this email, it means your work has been selected, and nominated for Sundress Publications Annual Best of the Net Anthology. I have, according to the submission guidelines, provided them with an email address for contact purposes. Sometime after 09/30/20, the winners and finalists will be announced. You will, if you make the cut, be contacted by the judge(s) of this contest. Winners’ work will be included in an online anthology. Below is the list of nominees for 2020. Good luck, and thank you for providing my publication with quality literature.
Witnessing Global Pandemic Project Organization August 2020
Thank you Megha Sood for publishing my 5 COVID-19 poems,the trapper and the furrier, send me an angel, Tenderly, Moonlight Serenade, and Having A Party. So honored to be with David Dephy, Susana H. Case, and Megha Sood. http://liqproject.org/patricia-carragon/
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ Alien Buddha Zine #16, May 31, 2020
Proud to be in Alien Buddha and thanks Red Focks for publishing Sad Eyes and This Vacant House. Pleased to share the honors with Francine Witte.
austerityplays dominoes— one person falls,then another,and another . . . personal shittakes precedence over charity when the hand that feeds can’t pay bills,buy bare necessities,is late with the rent . . .
sad eyes,the cat on 38th street,purrs by the stoop waits for food— eventually realizesthat her feeder can’t come today, tomorrow,or the day after . . . the cat’s dinner, leftover chicken à la trash— today’s menufor tomorrow, or the day after . . . ****************************** this vacant house
outside this vacant houseroses no longer grow at midpointtheir petals fell at sunset inside the housesadness occupies each roomexpresses emptiness broken windowscan’t forget what was pieces of ceilingfall like rose petals blackened budsgrow on damp walls the roof criesmore than ever ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
Another Haiku/Senryu ShowcaseAlien Buddha Zine #17, 2020
Happy that Alien Buddha showcased my haiku. Thanks Red Focks. Kudos to Marie C. Lecrivain.
North Pole meltdown
polar bears seek immunity
on the counter
not for sale
******************* motherless kittens
by the garbage
ominous winds ******************** underneath the car
an orange tabby
The Avocet, A Journal of Nature Poetry, Spring 2020
Happy to be in the Spring 2020 Issue of The Avocet. Thank you Charles, Vivian, and Valerie Portolano. Kudos to Mary Jo Balistreri.
bunny ears on Kitty
her expression a cat meme
harbinger of hope
grows in a vacant lot ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ Orbis International Literary Journal, #192, June 2020
Thank you Carole Baldock, for accepting my poems, Almost Blue and the handkerchief. I’m so pleased to be part of this British Journal
(trumpet and vocals by Chet Baker)
my mood grows jazzy almost blue unlike robin’s egg nighttime or the Adriatic Sea closer to the wild Baptisia australis or Ajna’s doorway non-existent in a Crayola box or on a Pantone chart almost blue only I can see hear or feel my color has a face a voice a trumpet’s grief a heartbeat slow & broken
& eyes ears & handsarticulate more than words
it’s nighttime—he hides his head in a hoodie.a handkerchief tied tight, covers his mouth—skull-like,the front tooth missing. his eyesin between a threator apology. death lurks in the night. love’s being tested,his eyes more scaredthan mine.
So honored to be part of this colorful series. Thank you Roxanne Hoffman and Jack Cooper of Poets Wear Prada. Shout outs to Roxanne Hoffman, Jack Cooper, Mireya Perez Bustilo, Dorothy Friedman August, Prince A. McNally, Tantra-zawadi, Carrie Magness Radna, George Held, Iris N. Schwartz, Davidson Garrett, Anne Barbusse, Moe Seager, Karen Neuberg, John J. Trause, et al.
forbidden history walks down generation roads indelible stains from hurt and shamebleed more than menstruation broken women broken homesbroken spirits the kitchen or toilet not sanctuaries for escape lips sealed by rusty locks or fists can’t break free fear hides the truth takes a brushscrubs history in the sink or flushes it but hurt and shame don’t always end up clean or in the sewer some clog drains and pipes break locks or fists that keeps lips shut