Thursday, December 28, 2017

HOLLYWEIRD by Alan Catlin

NightBallet Press is excited to announce the publication of
Alan Catlin's new book of poetry,

For those of you familiar with Alan Catlin's work, you know you're in for a treat.  With such teasing and tantalizing titles as "Zombie Strippers," "Elevator to the Gallows," "Betrayed by Rita Hayworth," and "Pulp Fiction," Hollyweird explores and exploits the attraction of the strange. Cynical and sharp-tongued, these poems will follow you down dark streets, breathe on the back of your neck, and invite you to blur the division between what is seen on film and what is experienced in life:

Elevator to the Gallows

They must stay up nights
thinking up stupid cocktails
to foist off on the young
impressionable, cynical shit
made with stuff that doesn't go
together, like gin, vodka, rum
and rye, partial shots of each topped
off with Irish cream and stirred,
served as a shooter and given
gross names with sexual connotations,
knowing full well that the name will sell
the drink and all they will taste is
Irish cream until they chuck it all up.
None of the names will turn up in
an over the counter bar guide:
Bloody Orgasms, Blow Jobs, Blow Jobs
with Extra Tongue, Purple Jesus Motherfuckers;
cumshots, we call them in the trade,
and I'm willing to bet there is some
slick, greasy, smartass fuck in NYC
who's taking all the credit for inventing
the trend. If there is, and someone finds him,
this Between the Eyes with a Silver Bullet
is for him.

Hollyweird boasts stunning cover art, "Blue Plate Special," by Ohioan Kevin Eberhardt. The cover is white linen cardstock, with a textured cool-green cardstock insert. The text is printed on bright white paper. Hollyweird, forty pages long, contains thirty-one poems printed on bright white paper.  Alan Catlin has had over sixty chapbooks and full length collections published over five decades, among them, Beautiful Mutants (NBP, 2015), Blue Velvet, the 2017 Slipstream chapbook contest winner, and Walking Among Tombstones in the Fog (Presa Press, 2017).

Hollyweird was scheduled to appear in October to accompany the publication of Kevin Eberhardt's book Before the Puppets Could Sing, but unavoidable personal issues delayed its printing. NBP warmly thanks Alan Catlin for his kind patience and understanding. 


Hollyweird is available right here, right now, through PayPal, for only $8.00.  You don't have to be a member of PayPal to order; all you need is your debit or credit card number.  Shipping is only $3.00. 

BONUS OFFER!  Order before midnight on December 31, 2017, and NBP will include a copy of Kevin Eberhardt's new book, Before the Puppets Could Sing, for free!