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Tuesday, March 24, 2009


by Alan Catlin

Smith & Wesson
expected increased sales

in handgun

to law enforcements
agencies countrywide
due to stimulus package

& an anticipated spike
in crime rates

caused by hard economic
times after bad
quarterly earnings

following drop in
in discretionary
spending on shot guns

and hunting rifles
no impact statement
issued on expected rise

in private sales
to individuals
& criminals

was made
at this time

Alan Catlin's latest chapbook is a long poem, Thou Shalt Not Kill, an updating of Rexroth's seminal poem of the same name. Whereas Rexroth riffs on the abuses of the Eisenhower adminstration, the update observes abuses of power in the previous administration with particular attention to the cynical, criminal behavior towards the Katrina hurricane victims.