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Waterloo Press presents it's latest Slim publication: Pauline Suett Barbieri - Bringing Home the Bacon

It appears that comedy shoots out of the family tree, having regards to an ancestor Richard ‘Dicky’ Suett (1750-1805). George III’s favourite clown and star of Drury Lane for 25 years. Charles Lamb also lovingly recorded him as follows ‘Shakespeare foresaw him, when he framed his fools and jesters. They all have the true Suett stamp, a loose and shambling gait, a slippery tongue, this last the ready midwife to a without-pain-delivered jest; in words, light as air, venting truths deep as the centre….’

Charles Lamb - Essays of Elia (1822)


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This latest collection, from which Tears in the Fence has already had a bite, takes slices of Francis Bacon to task and comically, critically, erotically fixates fables. Barbieri grafts the experience of one extraordinary painter’s experience of another for whose work her admiration knows few bounds even when she puts him through her own special kind of grinder.

‘She enjoys toying with imagery and language, creating otherness, relying on English’s many alternative meaning to, with nods and nudges, turn a smile. If the aim of the Oasis Broadsheets is to allow one to steep oneself, if briefly, in an author’s world…then they work. I will certainly look out for more of her work.’
Sam Smith – New Hope International Review

Waterloo Press

Waterloo Press offers readers an eclectic list of the most inventive and stimulating poetry from the UK and abroad. Our beautifully designed books range from lost modernist classics to translations of senior international poets and vibrant collections by the best young British poets around.

Waterloo Press brings radical and marginalised voices to the fore, mirroring the aesthetic value of their work in outstanding book design, including dust jackets; large font; and original artwork for the covers. With its diverse and growing list, Waterloo Press breaks down the borders between contemporary schools of poetry, to forge a new poetics based on respect for craft, innovation and the challenge of real communication.

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