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

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

Happy New Year! Late November-December Publications 2021

Wishing you a happy and creative 2022!

Bear Creek Haiku Blogspot November 26, 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!


Bear Creek Haiku Blogspot December 13, 2021

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!

Bear Creek Haiku Blogspot December 26, 2021

Thank you Ayaz Daryl Nielsen for publishing my cat holiday haiku. Kudos to Minal Sarosh, Ram Chandran, Roberta Beach Jacobson, Darrell Petska, ayaz daryl nielsen, Peggy Dugan French, and Judith Nielsen!


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.


Mankh’s 2022 Halku Calendar

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 

My haiku:

if your voice

can’t carry your words

the wind will


bodega cat

sleeps by fan

dog days of summer


southpaw kitty

ornaments go down

for the count


My photo:

Zen Pebbles by Patricia Carragon

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MER VOX Quarterly – Winter 2021

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.

Kudos to:

Karren Alenier – Granddaughter Clara Spera explores Bubbie Ruth’s big heart
Sarah W. Bartlett – Linen Hankies
Jessica Feder-Birnbaum – If the Shoe Fits
Linda Lamenza – My Inheritance
Deborah LeFalle – Haiku
José Edmundo Ocampo Reyes – Poem with the Yellow Pages and Rotary Phone
Martha Webster – The Mourner’s Office

Oddball Magazine, Monday, December 20, 2021

Thank you Chad Parenteau and Jason Wright for publishing my “Fox Fire Haiku” on Oddball Magazine’s “The Christmas Wars.”


The Weekly Avocet, Friday, December 24, 2021

Thank you Charles, Vivian, and Valerie  Portolano for posting my haiku:

Santa Kitty

makes Grumpy Cat

look angelic



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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MER 15 Launch Party and Reading in the Gallery at LPR

MER 15 Launch Party and Reading in the Gallery at LPR

Mom Egg Review Vol. 15 Launch and Reading
Sun. April 2, 2017 at 5:30 P.M.

The Gallery at Le Poisson Rouge
158 Bleecker St, New York, NY 10012 (212) 505-3474

Hosted by Marjorie Altman Tesser
Mom Egg Review publishes sharp, lyrical, intelligent literary writing about motherhood. Contributors to MER’s fifteenth annual issue will read stories and poems about pregnancy, mothering toddlers to teens and beyond, the body, partnering and un-partnering, and mothering and work, politics, art. Join us for literary transmissions from the mothership!
Admission (includes a book): $12 in advance, $15 at the

brevitas writers scheduled to read:

Tsaurah Litzky and Patricia Carragon


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Carragon Publication News : Bear Creak Haiku and The Mom Egg

Carragon Publication News : Bear Creak Haiku and The Mom Egg

March Publication News:

Bear Creek Haiku:Thank you ayaz naryl nielsen of Bear Creek Haiku for posting my haiku online for March 7, 2017, #139. share the space with poets, Joy Leftow, Carl Mayfield, t kilgore splake, Don Wentworth, and artists RexSexton and Paula Yup.

like tombstones
the rocks remember
each flower that died
By Paula Yup
a praia dorme
         a maré, um corbertor
                   a lua assiste
the beach sleeps
         the tide, a blanket
                    the moon watches
         behind Brooklyn Bridge
         walls of gray mist hide skyline
         delusional rain
 Chanukah candles
 8 days of light
 defeat the darkness
              Patricia Carragon
              Brooklyn  New York
The Mom Egg Issue 15
The Mom Egg Volume 15 arrived this month. My fiction piece, “The Snake Pit Night,” is in it. It’s a story about what happens to my mommy back on 12/12/12. It finally got published after she died.
It’s in the “Mother Night” section. Thank you Marjorie Altman Tesser for publishing my work.
Some shoutouts to Eve Packer, Tsaurah Litzky,  Keisha-Gaye Anderson, and Pamela Laskin.