Black Petals Issue #93 Autumn, 2020

BP Artists and Illustrators
Mars-News, Views and Commentary
Justin Alcala: A Horse for Us All-Fiction
Matthew Penwell: Bless Be Him-Fiction
Shiloh Simmons: Coffin Birth-Fiction
John Cox: Don't Teach Cats Latin-Fiction
Ken Hueler: I, Said the Fish-Fiction
R. A. Busby: Not the Man I Married-Fiction
Jude Clee: Notes from a Bathroom Stall-Fiction
M. W. Moriearty: Scarecrows-Fiction
Robert Masterson: Sharper Than She Ever Imagined-Fiction
Michael Steven: The Mirror-Fiction
Kevin Hawthorne: The Song-Fiction
Marlin Bressi: The Man on the Box-Fiction
Terry Riccardi: Winter Hunt-Fiction
Stephen J. Tillman: Angry Tammy-Flash Fiction
Andreas Hort: Pay the Price!-Flash Fiction
Sam Clover: Piety and Parm-Flash Fiction
Deisy Toussaint: Parasite in the Shadows-Flash Fiction
Outnumbered-Flash Fiction by Cindy Rosmus
Mickey Sloan: Basement Beldam-Poetry
Daniel G. Snethen: Grandmother Screamed-Poetry
Daniel G. Snethen: Pumpkin Tanka-Poetry
Daniel G. Snethen: Yellow Death-Haiku
Theresa C. Gaynord: The JuJu Man-Poetry
Theresa C. Gaynord: The Widow Paris-Poetry
Theresa C. Gaynord: Funeral at the Louisiana Bayou-Poetry
Theresa C. Gaynord: The Old Hag-Poetry
Loris John Fazio: Halloween Prayer-Poetry
Marilyn Lou Berry: My Darling, My Sustenance-Poetry
Chris Collins: Nature-Poetry


Chris Collins

(for Carl Sagan)

purple rouge pink and yellow

flowers grasping at the sky

nature surely does endow                   

all we see with naked eye

she inhabits wet or dry

she displays both high and low                 

never ever was she shy

exposing facts like Foucault

even desert sands that blow

their tiny grains long gone dry

reveal many things that grow

that only microscopes espy


nature gives we must allow

she bestowed us earth and sky 

revealed many secrets – wow

when scientists got the why

then she awed the science guy

when she dazzled Sagan’s eye


Chris Collins is:  is a former educator - Graduate school, including a master’s degree (Columbia Univ.) doctoral studies, a former instructor in psychology – Marist College, Poughkeepsie; SUNY Ulster, did a brief stint in local politics, a short fling at nature photography, and the founding and running of a non-profit comedy festival that donated  profits to survivors of domestic violence and human trafficking. He has explored the history of western civilization and concluded that poetry is a great art form for exciting the imagination and 

sublimating the inner autonomy of the self that so many of us fear. He considers himself a minor poet with a brief portfolio and high hopes. He continues to write poetry because he believes it provides an internal sense of well- being to readers and himself.


Publications & Readings: 

EMSWorld (EMS - EMT - Paramedic - Emergency Medical Services)

accepted for publication 6/12/20 as a post on their Facebook website:

Black Petals Magazine accepted for publication date: 1/15/2020 issue 

Bat World Sanctuary accepted for publication date: Nov. 2019 issue

American Bee Journal – accepted for publication date: Oct. 2019 issue

Cure Today - Medical Website –7/22/19

Woodstock Artists Association & Museum (WAAM) 100th Anniversary Gala poetry reading 7/20/19 

Vargasm - Arts Newsletter published by Varga Gallery, Phoenicia, N.Y (debut 7/30/19) 

Arts Mid-Hudson Gallery Exhibition, Artists Respond to Poetry, Mar. 23- April 28, 2019 

Writers in the Mountains: Raining Poetry & Painting - Roxbury Fair N.Y. 8/1/2018 

Arts Mid-Hudson Gallery Exhibition, Artists Respond to Poetry, Mar. 23 – April 22, 2018   

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