Beverly M. Collins
Beverly M. Collins is the Author of the books, Quiet Observations: Diary thought, Whimsy and Rhyme and Mud in Magic. Her poems have also appeared in California Quarterly, Poetry Speaks! A year of Great Poems and Poets, The Hidden and the Divine Female Voices in Ireland, The Journal of Modern Poetry, Spectrum, The Altadena Poetry Review and many others.

In 2012, Collins won a prize from the California State Poetry Society for her poem entitled Uncle John Ames. In 2015, she was nominated for both the Pushcart Prize and Best Independent American Poetry for her piece that appears in the Anthology entitled, Rubicon: Words and Art Inspired by Oscar Wilde's De Profundis and was very recently “short listed” for the 2018 Pangolin Review Poetry Prize.  

Wicked Canopy

This night is much like
wind graffiti moving across
a name that rain cannot banish.
Where one floats face down in a pool
of memories with every sense open
to the sweet and gritty that welcomes
wicked ways.

Feeling guilty as a green fly alone
with an uncovered cake,
I borrow the ways of water.
wear away rock just one small
drip at a time.

Move with transparency and laugh.
Cause the streetlamps nervousness.
Part the city like the sea. Every step;
new ground claimed.

 2019 Beverly M. Collins
Beverly M. Collins was a Featured Poet at the January 2019 Second Sunday Poetry Series