Alan Catlin’s “Blue Velvet”

The slim chapbook “Blue Velvet,” winner of the 30th annual Slipstream Prize, is the perfect gift for someone who normally hates poetry. Author Alan Catlin, a well-published scribe intimate with the thrilling debasements of our popular culture, has written thirty or so homages(?), with titles like Blade Runner, The Deer Hunter, and Crash. His language is plain, strong, with nary a moment of rosy poesy in the whole collection. His world view is unsentimental and often bleak, yet strangely inviting. “Blue Velvet” is a curious and interesting book that invites multiple reads.

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