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CPR Best of Volume 16 Now Available

CPR Volume 16 Front CoverAfter more than a week of stuffing envelopes, the hard-copy “Best of Volume 16” Cider Press Review is on its way to contributors, subscribers, and former Book Award contest entrants.

The “Best of” issue features poems by Rebecca Baggett, Carol Berg, Jennifer Jackson Berry, Maggie Blake, Ace Boggess, John Bradley, Christine Butterworth-McDermott, Sharon Chmielarz, Lisa J. Cihlar, Joan Colby, Michael Collins, Gemma Cooper-Novack, Jimmie Cumbie, Carol V. Davis, Paul Dickey, Iris Jamahl Dunkle, Carol Ellis, Sarah Estes, David Eye, Evelyn Clark Farbman, Shawn Fawson, Janice Greenwood, David Hathwell, Gary Hawkins, Sara Henning, Brian Patrick Heston, Louisa Howerow, Ann Hudson, Amie Keddy, Heather Lang, Susanna Lang, Mercedes Lawry, Bernadette McBride, Amy Meckler, Colleen Michaels, Nancy Carol Moody, Carolyn Moore, Mary Moore, Susannah Nevison, Amy Newday, Autumn Newman, Sharon Olson, Mary Elizabeth Parker, Lynn Pedersen, Kevin Phan, Katherine Rauk, Geri Rosenzweig, Michael G. Smith, Heather Sommer, Sarah Sousa, Joannie Stangeland, Kelly Terwilliger, Lisken Van Pelt Dus, Ryan Vine, Donna Vorreyer, Chelsea Wagenaar, Mark Wagenaar, Marq Wilson, Laura Madeline Wiseman, Anne Harding Woodworth, Matthew Zingg. Book reviews by Ken Hada and Gary Leising.

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American Apology
by Michael Collins

Why did I think
So she was lying

gorgeousness, before
offering with a beckoning

her body for what seemed
But I was too prudish

Seriously, even in
I’m either really not

or some gringo
Yes, we don’t sleep

not even in dreams
Clearly this Christens us

Why didn’t I give
standing there like a stick

Freud would have blown
I could have asked

her name, her conception
of Songs, but I did

to inter-
laterally, like I’m so much

in which people
certain select services

you need – or think
And then,

it was such a big deal?
there dripping

me, supine, naked,
gesture, a smile,

a reasonable fee.
to do it.

a dream it seems
very much fun

remake of Don Quixote.
with hookers, dream self,

where they’re not really hookers:
Gloria Steinem.

her something other than
in the mud—

his load on that one—
to draw her, asked

of Song
nothing, refused

course with her uni-
better than my culture,

you don’t know perform
for you, give you things

you need—
you pay.

Published in Cider Press Review, Volume 16, Issue 4.

Michael Patrick CollinsMichael Collins’s poems have appeared or will soon appear in numerous publications, including BlazeVOX, Dressing Room Poetry Journal, Red Savina Review, Blood Lotus Journal, Mobius, Grist, Kenning Journal, Pank, Smartish Pace and SOFTBLOW.  His first chapbook, How to Sing when People Cut off your Head and Leave it Floating in the Water, won the Exact Change Press Chapbook Contest and is forthcoming this year.

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