Publication News Late Summer – Fall 2021, plus a May Publication





Jerry Jazz Musician, A Collection of Jazz Poetry, Summer 2021 Edition, August 19, 2021

Thank you Joe Maita for selecting “Body & Soul” and ” Little Things Mean a Lot” for the Jerry Jazz Summer Issue. Kudos to Amy Barone, Dan Brown, David Dephy, Mike Jurkovic, Phil Linz, Russell Dupont, et all.

Poetry in Performance 49 Annual Spring Poetry Festival, The City College of New York, May 7, 2021

Thank you Barry Wallenstein and Pam Laskin for publishing “Paved Paradise.”



Muddy River Poetry Review, Issue #25, Fall 2021



Thanks  Zvi A. Sesling for accepting “Good Morning Heartache” and “You Don’t Know What Love Is.” Happy that Megha Sood, David P. Miller, Tim Suermondt, Ace Boggess, Bob Heman, Carrie Magness Radna, Rachel Ikins, and more.

https://www.muddyriverpoetryreview.com/



Bear Creek Haiku Blogspot, October 8, 2021

Cats rule again! Thanks Ayaz Daryl Nielsen for thinking of me. Kudos to Peggy Dugan French, r. soos, t. kilgore splake, Mary Jo Balistreri, S. Liaqath Peeran, Kelley Jean White, and Mona Bedi

Bear Creek Haiku Blogspot October 8, 2021https://bearcreekhaiku.blogspot.com/2021/10/poets-hafiz-c-1320-1389-peggy-dugan.html



Bear Creek Haiku #177, October 2021

Again, thank you Ayaz Daryl Nielsen for these publications below. Cheers to George Held and Mary Jo Balistreri.

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The Weekly Avocet #465, October 31, 2021

Happy to see my Halloween Catku in this issue. With gratitude to Charles Portolano and to Vicki and Vivian.

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The 18th Annual Brevitas Anthology of the Short Poem, November 2021

Proud to be part of this group: Amy Barone, Ron Kolm, Austin Alexis, Dorothy Friedman August, Anton Yakovlev, Don Yorty, Jeff Wright, Bob Heman, Marjorie Hanft, Cindy Hochman, Karen Neuberg, Bill Constantine, Bonny Finberg, Kit Kennedy, Mindy Levokove, Maria Liseela, Tsaurah Litzky, Steve Luttrell, Mindy Matijasevic, David Lawton, Christian Garaud, Jan Catro, Jan Emersen, et al.

“Just Say I love Him.” ” Halloween Catku,” ” Hanukkah Catku,” “Christmas Catku,” ” Misty (erasure)”

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The Red Wheel Barrow 14 Anthology 2021

Look what came in the mail today! So happy the my poems,”Caution” and ” If I CouldWrite a Book” in The Red Wheel Barrow 14 Anthology. It’s beautiful! Thank you editors, Moira O’Brien, Frank Rubino, Arthur Russell, Claudia Serea, Anton Yakovlev, Don Zirilli Shout outs to Amy Barone Ron Kolm Ronald P. Bremner Austin Alexis Zorida Mohammed Davidson Garrett Patrick Thomas Hammer Susanna Rich John J. Trause Barbara Hall Yuyutsu Sharma Indran Amirthanayagam Ermira Mitre Susana H. Case Don Krieger Preeti Shah Maria Lisella Jennifer Poteet Mark F Fogarty Gordon Gilbert et al

I hope as many as possible will check out The Red Wheelbarrow Magazine and order this or other issues. Here’s a link for the website.https://redwheelbarrowpoets.org/

REMINDER: Brownstone Poets Annual Anthology Reading on Zoom

Reminder: Brownstone Poets 2021 Anthology Celebration

Saturday, November 27, 2021

2 P.M. to 4:30 P.M.

Our November features are:

Susana H, Case
Jack Cooper
Ron Kolm
Bruce Whittacre
David Dephy
Mireya Perez
Jeff Cottrill
Zev Torres
Yuyutsu Sharma
Austin Alexis

$5 Donation

Plus a limited open mic

Hosted by Patricia Carragon

Since 2005, Brownstone Poets has been inspiring poetry in Brooklyn. We strive to be a unique and diverse community, welcoming various literary styles and forms. Our reading series is expanding via Zoom, reaching out to new voices  across the U.S. and the world. We would like to thank this year’s 43 reader-contributors, as well as our loyal attendees. Without their love and commitment, our reading series and this anthology would not have been possible.We’re honored to have the Himalayan poet Yuyutsu Sharma as our poet-in- residence and Yuko Otomo as this year’s guest poet. This collection of poetry, infused with Brooklyn imagery, is our contribution to the vibrant spirit found in the Borough of Kings. 

Please follow directions below, completing both steps at least two days before the reading to avoid delays entering the meeting room. Note the order of the open mic follows the order of signup. Sign up early to read early in the program. Last-minute signup means you will read at the end of the program. Your $5 contribution keeps our annual anthology in print and pays our features. Hosted by Patricia Carragon, our Brooklyn girl and Editor-in-Chief.

Please follow these instructions:

Step 1: Make your $5 contribution: https://bit.ly/3bkqFmO
(Note that your contribution is not refundable.)

Step 2: Register in advance for this meeting:
https://bit.ly/3hnpy8D

Step 3: After making your contribution and completing your registration, you will receive a confidential confirmation email containing your unique link to join the event.Looking forward to seeing you at our November reading! For your convenience here is the link to our Facebook event page:
https://fb.me/e/1h85uKJcS

Brownstone Poets: Annual Anthology Celebration

Brownstone Poets 2021 Anthology Celebration

Saturday, November 27, 2021

2 P.M. to 4:30 P.M.

Our November features are:

Susana H, Case
Jack Cooper
Ron Kolm
Bruce Whittacre
David Dephy
Mireya Perez
Jeff Cottrill
Zev Torres
Yuyutsu Sharma
Austin Alexis

$5 Donation

Plus a limited open mic

Hosted by Patricia Carragon

Since 2005, Brownstone Poets has been inspiring poetry in Brooklyn. We strive to be a unique and diverse community, welcoming various literary styles and forms. Our reading series is expanding via Zoom, reaching out to new voices  across the U.S. and the world. We would like to thank this year’s 43 reader-contributors, as well as our loyal attendees. Without their love and commitment, our reading series and this anthology would not have been possible.We’re honored to have the Himalayan poet Yuyutsu Sharma as our poet-in- residence and Yuko Otomo as this year’s guest poet. This collection of poetry, infused with Brooklyn imagery, is our contribution to the vibrant spirit found in the Borough of Kings. 

Please follow directions below, completing both steps at least two days before the reading to avoid delays entering the meeting room. Note the order of the open mic follows the order of signup. Sign up early to read early in the program. Last-minute signup means you will read at the end of the program. Your $5 contribution keeps our annual anthology in print and pays our features. Hosted by Patricia Carragon, our Brooklyn girl and Editor-in-Chief.

Please follow these instructions:

Step 1: Make your $5 contribution: https://bit.ly/3bkqFmO
(Note that your contribution is not refundable.)

Step 2: Register in advance for this meeting:
https://bit.ly/3hnpy8D

Step 3: After making your contribution and completing your registration, you will receive a confidential confirmation email containing your unique link to join the event.Looking forward to seeing you at our November reading! For your convenience here is the link to our Facebook event page:
https://fb.me/e/1h85uKJcS

New Date for November Brownstone Poets Reading and Anthology Event

Date Change:
The next Brownstone Poets Zoom reading will be Saturday, November 27 from 2p.m. to 4:30.
It will be the 2021 anthology reading.
Details to come.

$15 on Amazon.com

Since 2005, Brownstone Poets has been inspiring poetry in Brooklyn. We strive to be a unique and diverse community, welcoming various literary styles and forms. Our reading series is expanding via Zoom, reaching out to new voices  across the U.S. and the world. We would like to thank this year’s 43 reader-contributors, as well as our loyal attendees. Without their love and commitment, our reading series and this anthology would not have been possible.We’re honored to have the Himalayan poet Yuyutsu Sharma as our poet-in- residence and Yuko Otomo as this year’s guest poet. This collection of poetry, infused with Brooklyn imagery, is our contribution to the vibrant spirit found in the Borough of Kings. 

Order your copy from Amazon.com:
https://www.amazon.com/Brownstone-Poets-Anthology-Patricia-Carragon/dp/B09J7MJXX7/ref=sr_1_1?keywords=brownstone+poets+2021&qid=1636082442&qsid=137-5062691-7230039&sr=8-1&sres=B09J7MJXX7%2CB08HB9JHXS&srpt=ABIS_BOOK

More Publication News 2021 through March

Bear Creek Haiku Blogspot, February 28, 2021

Thank You Ayaz Daryl Nielsen for publishing my catku.  Congrats to Dennis Rhodes, Art Elser, Linda Amos, Julie A. Dickson, t. kilgore splake, r soos, Rochelle S. Cohen, Judith Partin Nielsen, and Mary Jo Balistreri!

https://bearcreekhaiku.blogspot.com/2021/02/poets-dennis-rhodes-art-elser-linda.html

Bear Creek Haiku Blogspot, March 6, 2021

Thank You Ayaz Daryl Nielsen for publishing my catku.  Congrats to Steve Ausherman, Julie A. Dickson, Juanita Torrence-Thompson, Franz Kafka, Jeanne Shannon, Rumi, Mary Jo Balistreri, Carl Mayfield, and, t. kilgore splake!

https://bearcreekhaiku.blogspot.com/2021/03/poets-steve-ausherman-julie-dickson.html

Thank you Ayaz Daryl Nielsen for posting my catku. Congrats to John R Parsons, Jeanne Shannon, Nancy L. Dahl, Judith Partin Nielsen, Julie A. Dickson, James Penha, t. kilgore splake, and Mary Jo Balistreri!
https://bearcreekhaiku.blogspot.com/2021/03/poets-john-r-parsons-jeanne-shannon.html

After The Clouds, The Sun, the Alternative New Year’s Deferred Spoken Word/ Performance Extravaganza 2021 Anthology (Rogues Scholars Press)Pleased to have my poems “Paved Paradise” and Strange Fruit” in this beautiful anthology with so many stellar writers.

Al-Khemia-Poetica

Thank you Marie C. Lecrivain for honoring me for Women’s History Month: Tuesday, March 16, 2021: my poem “These Foolish Things Remind Me of You”

https://alkhemiapoetica.blogspot.com/2021/03/womens-history-month-tuesday-march-16.html?fbclid=IwAR3sQMzDobdXTqsvw01WKl54L5vlnruPDxq_YHEGtrPWk0_Kn5KwZPN5VNA
Angel Fire Review by Charles Rammelkamp, Into The Void, Issue 17, Quarter Year 2020
contact Into The Void for back issues.
https://intothevoidmagazine.com/previous-issues/
Pleased to see my first review for my debut novel “Angel Fire.” Thank you Charles Rammelkamp for your excellent review in “Into The Void, Issue 17.” Thank you Heath Brougher for sending me that issue along with issue 18 and “We Are Antifa” in the FedEx box.

$12 on Amazon.com

  • Language : English
  • Paperback : 243 pages
  • ISBN-10 : 1706761376
  • ISBN-13 : 978-1706761372
  • Item Weight : 15.2 ounces
  • Dimensions : 6 x 0.61 x 9 inches

https://www.amazon.com/Angel-Fire-Patricia-Carragon/dp/1706761376/ref=sr_1_1?dchild=1&keywords=angel+fire+by+patricia+carragon&qid=1616013920&sr=8-1

https://bearcreekhaiku.blogspot.com/2021/03/poets-steve-ausherman-julie-dickson.html

Winter Publication News

Rimes of the Ancient Mariner Silver Tongue Devil Anthology, 2020

Pleased to be in this anthology with a gazillion of friends:

Shout outs to Phillip Giambri, Linda Kleinbub, and Anthony C. Murphy. 

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The Weekly Avocet #422, January 3, 2021
Thank you Charles, Vivian, and Valerie Portolano for publishing my catku:
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They’re Conspiring Against the Alien Buddha, Alien Buddha Press, January 13, 2021


So pleased that “A Capital Offense,” was published in Alien Buddha’s “They’re Conspiring Against the Alien Buddha.” Thanks Red Focks.  Kudos to Carrie Magness Radna, John Stickney, LB Sedlacek, et al.
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Pratik: A Magazine of Contemporary Writing, Vol. XVI, #2 Fall 2020 (published January 1, 2021)
Nomaste Yuyutsu Sharma for publishing “Someone to Watch Over Me,” The Look of Love,” and “Feeling Good. Congrats to the contributors listed on the cover:



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Jerry Jazz Musician, A Journal of Jazz Poetry:”A Capital Offense” by Patricia Carragon, January 8, 2021
Thank you, Joe Maita for spotlighting my work.

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Jerry Jazz Musician, A Journal of Jazz Poetry:Poetry in the era of COVID, Black Lives Matter, and a heated political season, Vol. 5

Thank you, Joe Maita for publishing my work, “send me an angel.”  Cheers to Alan YountAllison WhittenbergAntoinette WinsteadArlene CorwinAurora M. LewisBhuwan ThapaliyaCarrie Magness RadnaCatherine LeeCris LoganDamian HeyDana HunterDH JenkinsDiane Elayne DeesEd WersteinErren KellyJerrice BaptisteJoseph R. StellinMarianne PeelMartin ElsterMatthew BorrelliMichael KeshigianMichael L. NewellMichael Lee JohnsonMike JurkovicMillicent Borges Accardi,  Peter Gregg SlaterRalph La RosaRussell DupontSean MurphySteve PaulSusie GharibTerrance UnderwoodTheresa Gaynord
https://jerryjazzmusician.com/2021/01/poetry-in-the-era-of-covid-black-lives-matter-and-a-heated-political-season-vol-5/
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Jerry Jazz Musician, A Journal of Jazz Poetry:Winter 2021 Edition, February 25, 2021
Thank you Joe Maita for publishing “My Funny Valentine.” Kudos to:
Allison WhittenbergAnggo GenorgaAntoinette WinsteadArlene CorwinAurora M. LewisBarry PetersBill SiegelCarrie Magness RadnaCatherine LeeChristopher SimsClaire AndreaniDana HunterDH JenkinsEd Colettiemory jonesErmira Mitre KokomaniErren KellyFelicia Cherneskyfrancis wolffFrank WilkesGary Judejazz poetryJerrice BaptisteJoel GlickmanJoel Jacob ToddJohn HawkinsJohn L. StanizziJohn RileyJohn StuppJoseph StellinJosie Rozelljr.Kate MacDonaldLisa FishmanMark Fogartymichael cuscunaMichael KeshigianMichael L. NewellMichael Vander DoesMike JurkovicMillicent Borges AccardiPaul BrownR. BremnerRalph La RosaRobert KokanRoger SingerRussell DupontSean HowardSean MurphySebastian MatthewsSteve DalachinskySteve PaulSusan YungSusandaleTam FrancisTerrance UnderwoodWayne Miller
https://jerryjazzmusician.com/2021/02/a-collection-of-jazz-poetry-winter-2021-edition/

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Bear Creek Haiku, Monday, January 25, 2021

Thank you Ayaza Daryl Nielsen for the catku publications.  Kudos to

Mary Jo Balistreri, r. soos, Rochelle Cohen, Robert Penn Warren, Rachael Ikins, Chris Helvey, Kitty Kali, Linda Amos, Judith Partin-Nielsen, and Carl Mayfield!

https://bearcreekhaiku.blogspot.com/2021/01/poets-mary-jo-balistreri-r-soos.html

Bear Creek Haiku, #169, January 2021
Grateful to have a batch of haiku published in this issue. Shout outs to Jo Balistreri and Rachel Ikins, and more.

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First Literary Review-East, January 2021
Thanks to Cindy Hochman and Karen Neuberg for accepting “a sparrow sings.”
Kudos to Jim Pignetti, Jon Wesick, Jeff Santosuosso, Jan Garden Castro, Mike Graves, Bill Yarrow, et al. 
http://www.rulrul.4mg.com/
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Mankh’s Haiku du Jour, January 27, 2021
Thanks Mankh for honoring my haiku:January mistthe snowplowgathers rust~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
Right Hand Pointing Haiku- On the Nail, Haiku 2021

Thank you Elizabeth McMunn-Tetangco and Dale Wisely for publishing my haiku in Right Hand Pointing
Congrats to  Anannya Dasgupta, Andrée Gendron, Cherie Hunter Day, David Gale, Erica GossJames Eric Watkins, Jennifer Hambrick, kjmunro, Margaret Tau, Marianne Paul, Mel Goldberg, Michael GalkoMiriam SaganNoel SlobodaOlivier Schopfer,Peter Newton, Randy Brown, Rich Schilling, Michael J. Galko, Roberta Beary, Engin Gülez, Scott Metz, Scott Wiggerman Sean J. White, Shloka ShankarStella PieridesTom Bierovic, William Cullen.
https://www.issues.righthandpointing.net/haiku2021?fbclid=IwAR1AZW0hKidwK6TjjWg40zcjqL7l4tFv0bJQFuPwP5pdFmGlgnHWUBhAYOg
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~The Cupcake Chronicles News:

The Cupcake Chronicles Episodes I and II are listed for your entertainment on Poets Unplugged. com.  Thank you Sophia Behal.https://anchor.fm/poetsunplugged/episodes/THE-CUPCAKE-CHRONICLES-is-available-on-Amazon-I-eotg9g/a-a4bb4o8?fbclid=IwAR05YvZdqFTbama7x7JcY4KbweLfWzGgQMf5PMy8wN6qoLrIR0GmmgkuZPQ

https://anchor.fm/poetsunplugged/episodes/THE-CUPCAKE-CHRONICLES-is-available-on-Amazon-II-eotg69
Like the podcasts?  Order your copy here:
https://www.amazon.com/Cupcake-Chronicles-Patricia-Carragon/dp/0997981172/ref=sr_1_6?dchild=1&keywords=patricia+carragon&qid=1612646162&sr=8-6

November – December Publication News 2020

Redheaded Stepchild, Fall 2020 Issue

Art by  Kate Fetherston

                         Art by  Kate Fetherston

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.

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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. 

pumpkin patch

more haunted

at Halloween

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like fallen leaves

yesterday’s trash

travels with the wind

The Weekly Avocet,  #421, December 27, 2020

Thank you Charles Portolano, Vivian, and Valerie Portolano for accepting my three haiku. 

gingerbread people

cooling off on a tray

impatience can’t wait

bright lights   shiny balls

beckon curious cats

to attack the tree

southpaw kitty

ornaments go down 

for the count

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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!

https://bearcreekhaiku.blogspot.com/2020/11/poets-our-pushcart-prize-nominees-from.html

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Happy Fukkadays 2 U Anthology from Alien Buddha Press, 2020

Hey Red, thanks again for taking my holiday Catku and special shout outs to Carrie Magness Radna, Chris Boder, and Red Focks.


Hanukkah-Christmas Catku

Hanukkah kitty

looks for catnip

8 days of MEOW

Hanukkah lights

shadow of the cat

nibbling on latkes

kosher kitty

spins the dreidel

wins more treats

cattiude

escalates on Hanukkah

oy vey iz mir

more fun

than a scratching post

Christmas tree

bright lights   shiny balls

beckon the curious cat

Christmas tree attack

southpaw kitty

ornaments go down

for the count

the cat leaves a present

in the litterbox

the scent of shit happening

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Jerry Jazz Musician, A Collection of Jazz Poetry–Autumn 2020 Edition

Thank you Joe Maita for publishing my poems, EARLY AUTUMN (first published in Poets Wear Prada’s The Rainbow Project) and I PUT A SPELL ON YOU in the Autumn 2020 edition of Jerry Jazz Musician.

Kudos to Carrie Magness Radna,  Prince A McNally, David Dephy, Ronald P. Bremner, Russell DuPont,

Jack Cooper, Mark F Fogarty

Jerry Jazz Musician, A Collection of Jazz Poetry–

“What one song best represents your experience with 2020?” December 29th, 2020

Thank you Joe Maita for taking “the trapper & the furrier.”  
Kudos to Alan YountAntoinette WinsteadAurora M. LewisBill MinorBob HechtBob WaltersBrian Greenecarol friedmanCharles AlbertCharles InghamChristel RoelandtCJ MuchhalaClaire AndreaniDan MoreyDH JenkinsDiane DeesEd RuzickaEd WersteinErren KellyFrank De Caniogary giddinsgerald hornehoward mandeljoe haganJohn HawkinsJohn Jack CooperJohn L. StanizziJosie RozellJulianne Di NennaK. RobertsKathryn MacDonaldKevin NicholsLee Gary Shambergm. cooper harrissMaria Goliamary schmidt campbellmaxine gordonMichael L. NewellMillicent Borges AccardiMoe SeagerPaul Brophypaul morrisPaul PerilliPhil Linzphilip clarkR. Bremnerreminiscing in tempoRicky RiccardiRobert HarrisRussell DupontSusie GharibTheresa Gaynordthomas brothersVictor EnnsZandra Renwick

https://jerryjazzmusician.com/2020/12/what-one-song-best-represents-your-experience-with-2020/

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Mankh’s 2021 Haiku Calendar

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

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“City Shadows” – Patricia Carragon

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Bear Creek Haiku Blogspot, Friday, December 11, 2020

Happy to announce that Bear Creek Haiku took 3 recent haiku. Thanks Ayaz Daryl Nielsen

Kudos to Jo Balistreri, Ed Markowski, Sarah Mahina Calvello, Peggy Dugan French and Rumi, Linda Amos, normal, James B. Peters, and Judith Partin-Nielsen!
Enjoy the poems at:
https://bearcreekhaiku.blogspot.com/2020/12/poets-that-brooklyn-girl-patricia.html

Bear Creek Haiku Blogspot, Tuesday, December 15, 2020
Thank you Ayaz Daryl Nielsen for posting 2 catku in Bear Creek Haiku
Kudos to pl. wick, James B. Peters, Jane Stuart, t. kilgore splake, Robert Ligerman, Jo Balistreri,  Judith Partin-Nielsen, and Dzogchen Ponlop!https://bearcreekhaiku.blogspot.com/2020/12/poets-pl-wick-james-b-peters-jane.html

Bear Creek Haiku Blogspot, Sunday, December 20, 2020
Thank you Ayaz Daryl Nielsen for posting 3 catku in Bear Creek Haiku
Kudos to Cathy Porter, Khalil Gibran, Don A Ryan, Rochelle S. Cohen, Judith Partin-Nielsen, Mary Jo Balistreri, Peggy Dugan French and Leonard Nimoy, John McDonaldhttps://bearcreekhaiku.blogspot.com/2020/12/poets-cathy-porter-khalil-gibran-don.html

Bear Creek Haiku Blogspot, Sunday, December 27, 2020
Kudos to Kelley Jean White, Claudia Keelan, John Parsons, Wayne F Burke, Judith Partin-Nielsen, Jane Stuart, Ed Markowski, Mary Jo Balistreri, and r soos!https://bearcreekhaiku.blogspot.com/2020/12/poets-kelley-jean-white-claudia-keelan.html

Late September Through October Publication News

Late September Through October Publication News

Thank you Jason Wright and Chad Parenteau for publishing my poems for Oddball Magazine, September 24, 2020 and October 13, 2020

Haiku Duet for Justice Ginsberg

https://oddballmagazine.com/poem-by-patricia-carragon-3/

Blue in Green

https://oddballmagazine.com/poem-by-patricia-carragon-4/
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Madness Muse Press, Week #1, September 27, 2020


Honored to have The Intellectually Gifted Dog in the first week of this weekly journal. Thank you John Compton.
Cheers to the following writers: Jason O’Toole, L.B. Sedlacek, Julet Cook, J.J. Hastain, and more.
https://madnessmusepresssite.wordpress.com/2020/10/16/patricia-carragon/

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Spectrum 25, October 2020

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.

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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.

https://www.blogtalkradio.com/bardspoetryrevolution/2020/10/16/beat-generation-national-beat-poetry-anthology-virtual-launch-part-2

You can pre-order your book here:

https://www.bardconvirtual.com/beat-gen-anthology.html

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Muddy River Poetry Review, #23, Fall 2020


Thank you Zvi S. Sesling for publishing i’ve got you under my skin in Muddy River Review. Kudos to Jeff Santosuosso, Carrie Magness Radna, Ace Boggess, Miriam Sagan, R. Bremner, Bob Heman, Michael T. Young, ayaz daryl nielsen, Tom Suermondt, David Miller, et al. 
https://muddyriverpoetryreview.webs.com/?fbclid=IwAR24BrMlUaRO-uy7DY8_RKuivdiEr98pe1u-jdBadDr7HwXKcZYHinekwiU

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Bear Creek Haiku Blogspot, Saturday, October 17, 2020


Wow, what a week! I’m in Bear Creek Haiku with Carrie Magness Radna and Jo Balistreri. Cheers to Matthew Banash, Ed Markowski, Judith Partin-Nielsen, Kierat Recktenwald, Dennis Rhodes, Alan Catlin, Carl Mayfield, r soos Thank you ayaz daryl nielsen https://bearcreekhaiku.blogspot.com/2020/10/poets-matthew-banash-ed-markowski.html


Bear Creek Haiku, #166, October 2020


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.


faucet waterfall

thinking of cats and haiku

while brushing my teeth

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summer heat

tell that to

the sleeping cat

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Excited to have my Halloween Catku posted in the latest Spillwords Press, October 23, 2020. Thank you Dagmra K.

https://spillwords.com/halloween-catku/

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Poets Wear Prada’s Rainbow Project for the Color Orange, October 23, 2020

Haunted Brooklyn by Patricia Carragon

Haunted Brooklyn by Patricia Carragon

Much gratitude to Poets Wear Prada’s Roxanne Hoffman and Jack Cooper for publishing my poem “Early Autumn for the Rainbow Project

https://rainbowliterary.blogspot.com/2020/10/patricia-carragon-early-autumn.html
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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


https://jerryjazzmusician.com/2020/10/poetry-reflecting-the-era-of-covid-black-lives-matter-and-a-heated-political-season-vol-4/

Carragon July – August Publications

The Weekly Avocet #396 Newsletter, July 5, 2020

Thank you Charles, Vivian, and Valerie Portolano. 

redheaded tulips 

sashay down 

garden catwalks

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masks on beaches

pandemic pollution

rises with the tide

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at Coney Island  

seagulls hold their own parade  

mermaids in lockdown

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an empty beach   

except  for wind  

sand in sandals


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Brooklyn sunshine   

girls on fire escape  

social distancing

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the orangutan

defends ancestral forests

greed defeats nature

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vesper moon  

wears crescent smile  

crickets chant

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Bear Creek Haiku Blogspot, Friday, July 10, 2020

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
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Bear Creek Haiku Blogspot, Wednesday, July 15, 2020

Pleased to be in Bear Creek Haiku again. Thank you, Ayaz Daryl Nielsen. You are the cat’s MEOW!
Kudos to Janet Ruth Heller, Boyd Bauman, Linda Fuchs, Don Wentworth, John McDonald, Jack Kerouac, Chris Faiers, and Kelly Jean White.
https://bearcreekhaiku.blogspot.com/2020/07/poets-janet-ruth-heller-boyd-bauman.html
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Bear Creek Haiku Blogspot, Tuesday, July 21, 2020Thanks again, Ayaz Daryl Nielsen and kudos to 

Robert Hirschfeld, William Wordsworth, Dennis Rhodes, Angelee Deodhar, t kilgore splake, Peggy Dugan French, John McDonald, Charles Bukowski, Judith Partin-Nielsen, r soos, and, Tomas Tranströmer

https://bearcreekhaiku.blogspot.com/2020/07/poets-robert-hirschfeld-william.html

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Bear Creek Haiku Issue #165, August 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


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nocturnal love nest

outside my building

kitty hookers in heat


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outdoor litter box

kittens spread fertilizer

rose bushes thrive
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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.

Misty

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,

she asked

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,

negro azulado,

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,

Andalusian beads

inside two hoofprints.

Strands of hair,

marrón rojizo,

blew across my face.

The ghosts on the playa,

the sand beneath my feet,

found peace in the twilight tide.

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The Alien Buddha Contracts COVID-19, June 2020

Thank you Red Focks for publishing “Moonlight Serenade.” Kudos to Carrie Magness Radna and Megha Sood, Red Focks, et al.

https://www.lulu.com/en/us/shop/jeremy-blizard-and-kashiana-singh-and-heidi-blakeslee-and-carman-benoit/the-alien-buddha-contracts-covid-19/paperback/product-69pmm7.html

Moonlight Serenade

Charlie was in bed,

tubes attached to his body,

listened to cartoon

son a nineteen-inch screen,

thought of Sophia,

his “Belle of Flatbush.”


When la luna was full,

Charlie used to sing

Moonlight Serenade

outside Sophia’s gate.

They’d slow-dance

to Glenn Miller’s rendition.

He’d relax his rhythm,

hold Sophia closer,

recall how safe she felt.

Her soft brown curls

would drape on his shoulder—

her smoky eyes—

stelle colorate, tinted stars

over a make-believe Brooklyn sky.


His protective hold couldn’t save her

from breast cancer twenty years ago,

their two sons from Viet Nam’s death call,

or their daughter from her husband’s fists.

A massive stroke took Sonny,

his last living friend.

His relatives were either dead

or couldn’t care less.


Charlie was in bed,

tubes attached to his body,

alone—

except for routine visits from

the nursing home staff,

wondered if Sophia would be there for him

when he leaves for the morgue.

He hummed 

Moonlight Serenade,

but a dry cough cut his tune short.

Sadness, age, and high fever  

drained his cognition and will to live.

His memory was of the past,

not the present.


He prayed for Death’s visit—

Death would wear a white coat,

walk past the rooms,

make decisions on who’s to come

and who’s to stay.

But Death forgot about him—

perhaps Death’s eyesight was fading

when he came by last week,

took Hector instead.

Tina, his favorite nurse,

no longer visited him—

was in critical condition

due to a new virus going around.


He closed his eyes,

saw Glenn Miller and his band

perform Moonlight Serenade

at the Waldorf Astoria.

Everything was in Technicolor.

Sophia,

radiant and youthful,

rose from her table.

She came closer,

her smoky eyes—

stelle colorate, tinted stars

over a make-believe Brooklyn sky.


By the entrance,

a man in a white coat

checked his clipboard,

greeted Charlie with a smile

and opened the gate.
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Bluepepper Blogspot, Sunday, August 2, 2020

Pleased to be in this wonderful online journal, Bluepepper. A big thank you to Justin Lowe. I see Karen Neuberg is in it as well.

https://bluepepper.blogspot.com/2020/08/new-poetry-by-patricia-carragon.html

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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.

Marie C Lecrivainmarie.lecrivain.pd@gmail.compublisher/curatorAl-Khemia PoeticaList of Nominees
Creative Nonfiction
1) Judy Baratt’s “Me and Eleanor”
http://alkhemiapoetica.blogspot.com/2020/03/sunday-march-8-2020-national-womens.htmlPublication date: 03/08/20
2) Lisa Marguerite Mora’s “The Year I Left My Mother
https://alkhemiapoetica.blogspot.com/2020/03/tuesday-march-10-2020-national-womens.htmlPublication date: 03/10/20
Fiction
1) Patricia Carragon’s “What Happens Next”
https://alkhemiapoetica.blogspot.com/2020/03/tuesday-march-24-2020-national-womens.htmlPublication Date: 03/24/202)  Lynne Bronstein’s “Not Going to Happen”
https://alkhemiapoetica.blogspot.com/2020/03/saturday-march-7-2020-national-womens.htmlPublication date: 03/07/20Poetry
1) Ann Tweedy’s “Face Value”
https://alkhemiapoetica.blogspot.com/2020/03/thursday-march-26-2020-national-womens.htmlPublication Date: 03/26/20
2) Viola Weinberg Spencer’s “For Better or Worse”
https://alkhemiapoetica.blogspot.com/2020/03/saturday-march-21-2020-national-womens.htmlPublication Date: 03/21/20
3) Puma Perl’s “The Taste of Rebellion”
https://alkhemiapoetica.blogspot.com/2020/03/sunday-march-1-2020-national-womens.htmlPublication Date: 03/01/20
4) Jack G Bowman’s “Impeachment Proceedings”
https://alkhemiapoetica.blogspot.com/2019/12/two-poems-by-jack-g-bowman-after.htmlPublication Date: 12/12/19
5) Afric McGlinchy’s “Going Silent” 
https://alkhemiapoetica.blogspot.com/2020/03/wednesday-march-25-2020-national-womens.htmlPublication Date: 03/25/20
6) Gabriella Garafolo’s “ ‘Cause This is What a Blue Wave Looks Like”
https://alkhemiapoetica.blogspot.com/2020/03/saturday-march-14-2020-national-womens.htmlPublication Date: 03/14/20

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North of Oxford-The Pandemic Issue #6

Pleased to be in North of Oxford’s Pandemic Poetry Series #6, Tuesday August 11, 2020.Thank you G. Emil Reutter for publishing my pandemic poems “the trapper and the furrier” and “send me an angel.”A shout out to Megha Sood, Jane Spoken Word, and others.
reutterhttps://northofoxford.wordpress.com/2020/08/11/north-of-oxford-the-pandemic-issue-6/
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Life in Quarantine: 

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/

May – June Publication News



May – June Publication News

Jerry Jazz Musician -A Collection of Jazz Poetry-Spring 2020 Edition-May 12, 2020

Happy that my two poems, So What and It’s All in the Game are in the spring edition of Jerry Jazz Musician. Thank you Joseph Maita for this honor. Pleased to be with these writers:

Carrie Magness RadnaDavid DephyJohn Jack CooperMark FogartyMichael L. Newell,  R. BremnerRobert NisbetRussell Dupont, et al. 

A Collection of Jazz Poetry — Spring, 2020 Edition

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What Rough Beast COVID-19 Edition, Indolent Books, May 15, 2020
Thank you Michael H. Broder for posting my piece, Moonlight Serenade.
https://www.indolentbooks.com/what-rough-beast-covid-19-edition-05-15-20-patricia-carragon/

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Bear Creek Haiku Issue #162 June 2020

Much appreciation to Ayaz Daryl Nielsen for posting my haiku.
the Persian cat   

matches the weather   

camouflage in white

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snowflakes

crochet accessories

for my hair

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spring knows green
the buds on trees
the blades of grass

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in a warm bed
the tuxedo cat curls up
into a ball

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the adoptive moment
waits for cats
in cages

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Silver Birch Press-Wearing A Mask Series-June 14, 2020

Thank you Melanie of Silver Birch Press for publishing my hyacinth haiku.
https://silverbirchpress.wordpress.com/2020/06/14/haiku-by-patricia-carragon-wearing-a-mask-series/


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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.

Sad Eyes

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  . . .
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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
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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

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bodega cat

on the counter

not for sale

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motherless kittens

by the garbage

ominous winds
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underneath the car

an orange tabby

finds solace

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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

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tiny crocus  

harbinger of hope  

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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

Almost Blue

(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

Patricia Carragon

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the handkerchief

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.

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The Rainbow Project May and June

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.

https://rainbowliterary.blogspot.com/search/label/Patricia%20Carragon
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Waymark, Voices of the Valley, A Poetry Magazine #14, June 2020

I’m so thrilled to be in Waymark #14 along with George WallaceLinda LernerAustin AlexisRoberta GouldMike JurkovicSusana H. Case Bruce Weber et al. Congrats to all. Thank you Roger Aplon.

Forbidden History  

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                                   

Patricia Carragon