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"Marianne Moore's formula for poetry -- real toads in an imaginary garden -- is not only a pleasing idea but a useful one, suggesting how writing is not a closed system but partakes of the real world... The trouble is that toads are already too poetic... The disjunction she was suggesting turns out to be too timid..."

In Bottom of the Barrel, David R. Slavitt inserts "something homely, something aggressively unpoetic" into fragments of great works. The result is irreverent and refreshing, a literary amuse gueule with a side of sour cream.

Herring is a herring is a herring. . .

Praise for Bottom of the Barrel:

"David Slavitt is one of the most prodigious writers working today. In book after book after book after book after book, he engages, amuses, delights, shocks, astounds, annoys, rouses, arouses, and generally awakens readers from the torpor that the works of too many (unnamed here) writers have cast them into. This collection of startling appearances of pickled herrings in great or somewhat less than great poetic works goes far beyond the idea of 'jeu d'esprit' into a realm where the mind boggles, reconsiders how poetic language works, while laughing all the way."

R.H.W. Dillard, Hollins Critic




David R. Slavitt is a poet, translator, novelist, critic and journalist. He is the author of more than one hundred works of fiction, poetry and drama and poetry in translation. Read more...

Outpost19 is proud to publish several major works by Slavitt, including digitial editions of his classic novels, ALICE AT 80 and LIVES OF THE SAINTS, and a new novel, OVERTURE.

And coming soon from Outpost19: LACUNAE: The Missing Cantos & Stanzas of Ariosto's Orlando Furioso. The 600-page volume picks up where the Harvard University Press leaves off, completing Slavitt's translation of a major Renaissance work.

Other recent and upcoming work by Slavitt include a novel, THE DUKE'S MAN (Northwestern, 2011) and a new translation of MAHABHARATA (Northwestern, 2013).


Bottom of the Barrel
The Herring Poems
an amuse gueule
by David R. Slavitt
40 pages
$0.99 ebook ISBN 9781937402327


More by David R. Slavitt:



Lacunae
The Missing Cantos & Stanzas of Ariosto's Orlando Furioso.
A new verse translation
by David R. Slavitt
600 pages
$18.95 paperback

Overture
a novel
by David R. Slavitt
219 pages
$18.95 paperback
$9.99 ebook


Aspects of the Novel
a novel
by David R. Slavitt
236 pages
$9.99 ebook


Procne
by Gregorio Correr
A new verse translation
by David R. Slavitt
70 pages
$2.99 ebook





Lives of the Saints
a novel
by David R. Slavitt
225 pages
$9.99 ebook






Alice At 80
a novel
by David R. Slavitt
254 pages
$9.99 ebook



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