Patricia Carragon, Rogue Scholars, Poets Wear Prada, The Toronto Quarterly, CLWN WR, Chantarelle’s Notebook, Clockwise Cat, 6S, Luciole Press, Eviscerator Heaven 4, Flutter, Up the Staircase, Battered Suitcase, Kritya, Inscribed, Live Magazine, Tamarind, Riverfront, Soul Fountain, Stained Sheets and more have published Patricia Carragon’s work. 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. Patricia hosts and curates the Brooklyn-based Brownstone Poets and is the editor of the annual anthology.
Sex and the Single Poet

Can sex sell poetry?

A single poet reads,
strips words off pages,
entertains educated earlobes
in a darkened room.
Her words perform –
focused like thespians,
minus the monotones of most.

But is anyone listening
or would they
had she been
less flattering in figure,
less flexible with fingers,
had road maps sketched
on her face and legs?

Some smile,
some applaud –
courtesies returned
for wet dreams given.

She leaves the podium
and takes her seat.

Can sex sell poetry?
Only for the moment…

Patricia Carragon June 2007