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  April 2019
volume 16 number 1
-table of contents-
  contributing poets
  Michelle Angelini
  luis cuauhtemoc berriozabal
  Jack G. Bowman
  Lynne Bronstein
  Deborah Edler Brown
  Anna Cates
  Beverly M. Collins
  Chella Courington
  David Flynn
  Paul Hellweg
  Glenn Ingersoll
  Scott C. Kaestner
  lalo kikiriki
  John Leonard
  Cynthia Linville
  Marieta Maglas
  Xavier McIves
  Scott Thomas Outlar
  bc petrakos
  Diana Rosen
  Walter Ruhlmann
  David Scriven
  Megha Sood
  Terrence Sykes
  Perry Terrell
  Tim Tipton
  Davide Trame
  Roman Tunkel
  mailing list
Beverly M. Collins
April 2019



photo by mauricio alejandro ramos

    Beverly M. Collins, is the author of the books, Quiet Observations: Diary Thought, Whimsy and Rhyme and Mud in Magic. She is one of three prize winners for the California State Poetry Society 2012 yearly competition. Her work has appeared in Poetry Speaks! Year of Great Poems and Poets (Calendar), California Quarterly, Journal of Modern Poetry, Altadena Poetry Review, Bits and Pieces Magazine and many other publications. In 2015, Beverly M. was nominated for the Pushcart Prize and Best Independent American Poetry for her work that appears in Rubicon: Words & Art Inspired by Oscar Wilde's De Profundis. Collins was born in Delaware and grew up in New Jersey.




Did the apple alter its texture so I would
choose it from a bushel?
Did the fruit pick me to consume it
by making itself shiny-attractive?

On this walking trail, did the path
attract my feet to stroll its colored
stones, rustle of leaves and salty winds?

While shopping I wonder-did the dress
select me? Did the fabric want to hug my
body and colors long to hang soft around
my shoulders?

Did this spot of land attract the watchful
stucco structure that was built upon it?
Then the building attract the business,

then a seat to this corner and me; Jasmine
tea to this cup and chopsticks to scoop in
this bowl of rice?

Just maybe.

copyright 2019 Beverly M. Collins