Alan Catlin


They seem to gather
for impromptu meetings
of the Dropouts of High
School Unwed Mothers
of Schenectady at local
Dunkin Donuts where
a woman worker of age
is considered past her
prime -- old before her time
& a rare beast who must
be incredibly desperate to
work for No Benefits --
bare minimum wage &
a by osmosis -- sugar &
caffeine buzz. The not
working girls are dressed
for bigger and better things
in transparent pants so tight
you could read size, design
& washing instructions on
their underwear while waiting
on line as they trade
pregnancy horror stories --
massive weight gains-water
retentions -- near toxemia --
constant spotting -- traumatic
post partem blues -- plaintive
low notes that keep on
playing all through the night.

Location: Schenectady, New York
Occupation: Barman / Freelancer
Publications: Slipstream, Quercus Review, Owen Wister Review, Blank Gun Silencer, First Class, Glass Tesseract, Hunger Magazine, Literary Review, Wisconsin Review, Long Shot
Books: Leper's Kiss (fourth in the Killer Drinks series from Four Sep Publications), Stop Making Sense (March Street Press), Ghost Story (winner 2001 Main Street Rag chapbook Competition) Shelley and the Romantics (Adastra Press), Visiting Day on the Psychiatric Ward (Pudding Publications)
Awards: 13 Pushcart Nominations (10 for poetry & 3 for prose) three Rhysling Award Nominations (Science Fiction Poetry Award), four chapbook competition winners, over 20 finalists for chapbook competitions, two finalists for National Poetry book competitions most recently for the Lena Weaver Award from Pleiades Press, commendation from Chester Jones National Poetry Competition

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