Friday, June 11, 2010

Sun June 13 PHANFest: NJ Publishers & Poet Support NJ Food Banks 12-5pm Secuacus Library

PHANfest, Publishers Helping America’s Needy NJ Poetry Festival is sponsored by David Messineo of the Six Centuries Club, in support of N. J. food pantries.

Artists are often known to “sing for their supper” – but next weekend, dozens of poets will read to help pay for someone else’s.
writes E. Assata Wright, Hudson Reporter staff writer.  To read her entire article "Words Against Hunger: Area Poets to Raise Money for Needy" which appeared Sunday June 6th, click here:
It’s an opportunity to…hear some fine poets from various regions of the state. David Messineo, PHANfest organizer and Editor of Sensations Magazine.

The event takes place
SUNDAY, JUNE 13, 2010, 12 noon – 5 p. m.
at the Secaucus Public Library and Business Resource Center,
1379 Paterson Plank Road, Secaucus, NJ.

Readings will be held in the Panasonic Room. There is a suggested donation of $10 to benefit NJ Food Banks.

Confirmed Participants will each have display tables and two readers.

* Anhinga Books - Jack Kreuter
* Cherry Blossom Press - Anthony Buccino
* Cup & Chaucer Bookstore - Marina Kramer (used books related to poetry)
* The Idiom Magazine - Mark Baird
* Magazine of Fantasy and Science Fiction - Gordon VanGelder
* Marymark Press - Mark Sonnenfeld
* North Jersey Literary Series (Beyond The Rift Anthology) - Paul Nash & Denise la Neve
* North River Review ("Presses of the Past") -Melanie Pimont
* Poets Wear Prada Press (poetry chapbooks) - Roxanne Hoffman
* Sensations Magazine - David Messineo
* Snake Hill Press - David Messineo
* Thunderclap! Magazine and Thunderclap Press - Amanda Deo
* Watchung Booksellers - Marina Cramer (new poetry books)

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Wednesday, June 9, 2010

New from Fierce Grace: URBAN HAIKU by Patricia Carragon

feathered troubadours
outside my window
sunrise serenade

Patricia Carragon

and More
by Patricia Carragon
Illustrated by William L. Hays
saddle-stitched chapbook, 52pp
Fierce Grace Press, Pooler, GA

"For anyone who knows Patricia Carragon, this newest collection of short, mixed media poems will surely delight–if not surprise. From the riotously humorous to the deeply poignant, Patricia covers the emotional terrain with her witty personality unfurled and a display of craft that, like a dancer, seems so effortless. If you love contemporary short verse, you'll certainly savor these confections by a poet who is a spirited observer of the world around her and within her."

Brenda J. Gannam, Member, Haiku Society of America

tealeaves tumble down
the gypsy's porcelain cup
Dow Jones takes a fall

Patricia Carragon

"Patricia Carragon hits the haiku right on the head–making it as much her form as the masters’ – Funny and deadly accurate–they stop you in your tracks. It’s no accident that she starts off with a Kerouac and Bashô haiku. She frees up the territory–Bashô’s frogs are replaced by bedbugs–Kerouac’s drugs are replaced by Viagra–very feminine with no holds barred–very astute and timely–a great read–guaranteed to free up your notions of what a haiku can’t or can do."

Hal Sirowitz, author of Father Said

rude people
unlike fine Bordeaux
get worse with age

Patricia Carragon

and More
Now Available at:

163 Court Street
Cobble Hill, Brooklyn, NY 11201
Phone # (718) 875-3677
Take F or G to Bergen St., N or R to Court St.,
or 4 or 5 to Borough Hall

About the Author:

Patricia Carragon is a New York City writer and poet. Her publications include, Rogue Scholars, Poets Wear Prada, Best Poem, BigCityLit, CLWN WR, Chanterelle's Notebook, Clockwise Cat, Ditch, Poetry Magazine, MOBIUS: The Poetry Magazine, The Toronto Quarterly, Marymark Press, and more. She is the author of Journey to the Center of My Mind (Rogue Scholars Press). She is a member of Brevitas, a group dedicated to short poems. She hosts and curates the Brooklyn-based Brownstone Poets and is the editor of the annual anthology. For more information, please check out her websites: and

About the Illustrator:

William L. Hayes (Bill to his friends) is a native Texan of six generations, living in exile in Savannah, GA. Born under Aries, with Pisces rising. in 1949, he has always been compelled to walk his own creative path. He has worked in hair design and color, floral design, jewelry design, sculpture and weaving, in addition to painting. His passion is Oriental art, especially all things Japanese. Although he honors all the prophets of the world, as a devout hedonist, his special teacher remains the poet Omar Khayyam. "Come, fill the cup..."

Tuesday, June 8, 2010

Valery Oisteanu: Peter Orlovsky (July 8, 1933 – May 30, 2010)

Peter Orlovsky (July 8, 1933 – May 30, 2010)
Remembrance by Valery Oisteanu

That was your face laughing wild
As if it could trick madness
At the entrance to the St. Marks Church
Peter is confessing about pills
Talking to Ira Cohen and me
Lithium and anti-depressant are mentioned
Andy Warhol & Peter’s “The Couch”
Allen Ginsberg’s trashed kitchen, cops called in
The existential gray ponytail is revealed
While the wind blows his hat off in the East Yard
Deep voice, drinking with your eyes shut
Lamenting his brother, his lover, his own mind
Insanity fallows him to Creedmoor mental ward
But at that fragile morning of last day of May
A sunflower blossomed and starts bleeding petals
Alone in death, alone and still, alone and naked
Folded arms, closed lips, heart full of unwritten poems
Swimming up the stream of eternity
Shivering up the glittering dream.

©2010 Valery Oisteanu

Peter Orlovsky was best known as Allen Ginsberg's lover and companion of almost three decades, from about the fifties to the seventies. What is less well known is that he was a wonderful poet in his own right. His work has appeared in numerous magazines and antholologies. Peter died May 30, 2010 at the age of 76. To read 4 of Orlovsky's poems from Clean Asshole Poems & Smiling Vegetable Songs, Pocket Poets Series #37, City Lights Books ©1978 by Peter Orlovsky online visit Brian Nation's blogspot Beat the Devil:

Valery Oisteanu is the author of 11 books of poetry; his latest is Perks in Purgatory (Fly By Night Press, 2009). He is a columnist at New York Arts Magazine, and art critic for Brooklyn Rail and His website is