Now Available from Cajun Mutt Press

Shooting Myself in the Dark, Poems & Lyrics by Carrie Magness Radna is now available from Cajun Mutt Press!! Please leave a review if you grab a copy. You can also shoot me a message if you pick one up and want some free CMP logo stickers. Send me your address with either a pic of you holding the book or a screenshot of the receipt. I’ll mail you a few.


Updates for 2023 Book Releases

Here’s a quick update about Shooting Myself in the Dark by Carrie Magness Radna and some details about other upcoming books . . .

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Coming Soon from Cajun Mutt Press: Shooting Myself in the Dark by Carrie Magness Radna

The first Cajun Mutt Press book release of 2023 will be Shooting Myself in the Dark by Carrie Magness Radna!! Look for it on Jan. 17th, and “shoot” me a message if you grab a copy. I’ll mail you some CMP logo stickers! Please leave a review as well. I’ll have a copy to post some more pictures of soon, and I’ll share the Amazon link once it goes live.

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Shooting Myself in the Dark by Carrie Magness Radna

“More so than any troubadour I know, Carrie Magness Radna is an artful prodigy when it comes to blending the subtle chasm between poetry and musical cadence, creating compositions that stir the senses with their tonal acuity and polyphonic jolts. In Shooting Myself in the Dark, her latest assortment of euphoric and often erotic story-songs, she solidifies her status as a bardic traveler and chronicler of life’s manifold beats and wallops. Radna’s expressive lilt is a symphony of authenticity, beauty, and, of course, love, with a rhythmic fusion of colorful runes drawn from her vast knowledge of pop culture and her astute reckoning of our daily struggles. In these poems, she aims to make sense of the disquieting doldrums by drumming up a chromatic world of “tipsy valentines,” “tangerine oxygen,” and “ruffians in Nantucket.” Radna infuses her whole spirited self into this multihued collection. Listen closely to her melodious linguistics and you will hear not only a bold, blunt, badass, and sometimes brokenhearted voice; you will also hear the harmonic hum of humanity. So get ready for a romping, stomping, bopping rollercoaster of a rousing good time. No matter your mindset at the moment, Radna’s notes will strike just the right chord.”

—Cindy Hochman, editor-in-chief of First Literary Review-East

“I love a book that plays like a record album, poem sequencing as fade-ins and outs are carefully crafted. Radna’s intro (ABACAB), opens on the word “Angel” and sings of “Beautiful Dreamers,” leaving the reader unprepared and surprised to hear the voice of Lucy Van Pelt three poems later. This made me laugh out loud. Musicality, surprises, and laughter are sprinkled with romance, in all its practicality and insanity from the intro to the outro: “1st Year in New York,” a love poem written to both Radna’s adopted city and also, deservedly, to herself.”

—Puma Perl, writer and performer, author of Birthdays Before and After

Cajun Mutt Press Featured Writer 10/07/22

As I give thanks

I illuminate,
like an angel, glowing
with pink neon-lit wings;

my chest sweats
from my last
Tequila Gold shot.

I fall into bed,
singing Bee Gees hits
as I smile widely.

When was my last
true moment
of happiness?

Don’t dwell on the negative,
Mom would say.
Since she’s not here now
(still alive in Texas),

I must carry on, y’all,
& remember the tough
hours anyway—& reflect
on this sudden, hour of bliss,

& give thanks for this.

©2022 Carrie Magness Radna All rights reserved.

Carrie Magness Radna

Carrie Magness Radna is an audiovisual cataloger at the New York Public Library, a choral singer and a poet who loves to travel. Her poems have previously appeared in The Oracular Tree, Mediterranean Poetry, Muddy River Poetry Review, Poetry Super Highway, Shot Glass Journal, Vita Brevis, Home Planet News, Cajun Mutt Press, Walt’s Corner, Polarity eMagazine, The Poetic Bond (VIII-X), Alien Buddha Press, Jerry Jazz Musician, Lothlorien Poetry Journal, Adelaide Literary Magazine, Rye Whiskey Review, and First Literary Review-East. Her poetry collections: Hurricanes never apologize (Luchador Press) was published in December 2019, and In the blue hour (Nirala Publications), was recently published in February 2021. Born in Norman, Oklahoma, she now lives with her husband in Manhattan, New York.