Re: RARA-AVIS: Re: Pulp Poetry

From: John Williams (
Date: 16 Jul 2008

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    Richard Moore wrote:
    > I'm rather fond of poetry that inhabits our corner of the world. One
    > of my favorite book of poetry that fits the HB/noir world is SHOOTING
    > RATS AT THE BIBB COUNTY DUMP by David Bottoms (William Morrow 1980).
    > Bibb County, Georgia includes Macon and in the 1970s when these poems
    > were written, it was a happening place with the Allman Brothers Band,
    > Capricorn Records, and a mayor named "Machine Gun" Ronnie Thompson.

    Thanks for reminding me of Timothy Bottoms. I read Easter Weekend years ago and liked it a lot. And now I've just ordered a copy of 'Shooting Rats'. Great stuff. A quick google found a useful bio here Looks like he's teaching at GSU. Couldn't help wondering how many times the following has been replicated by fellow writers (and not just James Crumley) 'In 1986 Bottoms accepted a visiting appointment as Richard Hugo Poet-in-Residence at the University of Montana; a year later he and his wife divorced.'


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