Contributor News: Cristin O Aptowicz

Well not exactly new, but so happy for Cristin, who contributed a poem to Connections (read it under Poetry tab) is the author of the best selling  Dr Mutter’s Marvels: A True Story of Intrigue and Innovation at the Dawn of Modern Medicine.


A Poem from Peggy


To small island with 2 Norway pines
Mom and Dad
gray, hard-cover history text
my dentist
bagels with Rabbi David
mint ice cream with chocolate chips
the moonlight sonata


New w r rodriguez book

Cover of wr rodriguez new book, From the Banks of Brook Avenuew r rodriguez has just released “from the banks of brook avenue” as an e publication on Smashwords . His poems have appeared in P & Q anthologies, Tokens and Streets, and he has a wonderful way of evoking mystery and magic from ordinary New York locations.

I particularly enjoyed the beach beneath the bridge, a murky survey of shadowy places–sequestered shoreline and teenage life.

Check it out and Bill’s other books available on Smashwords.



Magnificent Living

Here is the poem, pulled from the air at Jefferson Market Library that vibrated with Peggy’s words.

Magnificent Living
for Peggy

words skipping across the branches like sparrows
words from when we came here to hear the plays
words about our friendship that still endures

I remember your words about Lisa—
“a combination of glamour and street”

words about your kindness
long after you’re gone
the sharp pain of magnificent living—
your words are still here

words that savor on the tongue
like the smoked salmon you loved so much

words that echo place and a time—
your bright smile—we’ll never forget

the unique rhythm in the words “Milwaukee mother”

words at the Kiev restaurant—
beef barley
sex after 50
your words make me understand the difference—
teaching with words to help us live better

words are not always
sometimes we need deeds

I wish I had more
words with you
about words
while I could still speak words
to you—
your dialogue always danced

thanks to this day I have a lifetime to cherish
thank you Peggy for the words you gave me
but wait
those weren’t sparrows
they were flamingos

words of Peggy, words of remembrance, soft
as the velvet curtain

words you translated—
my cat saying,
words so unassuming
like meeting you on 7th St and saying

a memory of many years ago
of getting on a subway car and recognising Peggy
who was my daughter’s nursery teacher as a young woman
being stunned by her beauty
she had beautiful red hair

your words of doubt
were prayer

Milwaukee memories with New York nuance—
humanist with words
friend and groupie of great jazzists
east village gal

Peggy, your life is a gift to everyone who knew you
your words a treasure forever




A wonderful spirit

Join us for a celebration of Peggy Garrison
Poet, author, playwright, educator

Including performance of her plays and reading of her poems

A new anthology of Peggy’s poems and those of her poetry family will be available for purchase, with proceeds going to the library

Wednesday, September 30th 2015
Jefferson Market Library
425 Avenue of the Americas at 9th Street

6-7:30 pm


Calling all contributors

Hello contributors to P & Q Press anthologies and chapbooks. For the new website I’d like to get some new poems from all of you to feature on the poetry page.
Cut and paste into an email on the contact page and I’ll post the poem. Also, please let me know when you have new publications that I can blog about.


Margaret “Peggy” Garrison 1938–2014

Peggy Garrison
Peggy Garrison, a founding editor of P & Q Press, after two years of ill health, died on November 6th, 2014. Her wit, grace and dedication to words will be missed by many.


Original photo for Connections

This is the original photo used for the cover of Connections
It was a perfect day and I had my camera to take pictures at a 90th birthday party for the mom of a dear friend. I had wondered how I would get a picture for the cover of our bridges anthology and “Bam” there was my photo!


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