#69 – Fall 2020

Service Workers

Conversation with
Jan Beatty

Rattle #69 cover, photo of service worker at a restaurant with other workers moving blurred behind herThe Fall 2020 issue features a timely tribute to service workers—those working in the lodging, food service, tourism, customer service and other industries in direct service to customers. Though planned long before the pandemic, service workers have been hit particularly hard this year, and we’re happy to be honoring poets who work in those fields. The conversation features Jan Beatty, covering her decades of experience working as a waitress, as well as the topics of adoption and the writing process.

Another eclectic open section features 22 poems in a range of styles that are sure to make you laugh or cry.

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Service Workers

Jan Beatty On the 101
Sam Burt Hummingbird
Lewis Crawford To the Man Who May or May Not Be My Father
Granddaddy (for Nana)
Marylisa DeDomenicis Excuse Me
Claire Donzelli Promotion
Joshua Gottlieb-Miller Staring at the Lake with My Wife …
Maria Guzman Riding the B-Line
Atar J. Hadari Letter from Home about a Friend’s Business …
Jackleen Holton The Hunter
Craig Kenworthy I Am an Innocent Bellman
Andrew Miller Let There Be Light a Little 
T.R. Poulson I Want to Date a Man Who’s Like a Dog
Grant Quackenbush American Dream
Fred Shaw Worst. Shift. Ever.
Laurie Uttich To My Student with the Dime-Sized Bruises …
Andre Le Mont Wilson How Long Have You Been Doing This?

Open Poetry

Audio Available Mary Angelino Remodeling
Belén Atienza Solitude Is a Life’s Work
Erin Bealmear David Bowie Eyes
Leela Chantrelle Pit
Grant Clauser Thoroughbred
Richard Cole How Much Does Your House Weigh?
Chard deNiord The Lack
The Mantle
Chad Frame Smoking Shelter
Valentina Gnup It’s a Sad Story
Jessica Goodfellow Love in Terminal 3D
Andrew Kane How to Be a Dog
Michelle Lesniak The Only Sign of Trauma
Amit Majmudar Naming the Child
David Mason Long Haul
Note to Self
Mi-Mi Monahan Holy Water
Jeffrey Morgan My Love, Though the Smart Speaker …
Marc Pietrzykowski Pedagogy
Michelle Roberti-West Acute Myelogenous Leukemia
David Romtvedt Remembering the Wedding
Vivian Shipley Poetry Workshop


Jan Beatty (web)

Cover Art

Piotr Lewandowski (web)