Li'l Bastard

Li'l Bastard

by David McGimpsey
     
 

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Finalist for the 2012 Governor General's Award for Poetry


Chicagoland hot-dog stands are open late.
What the fuck you want?' one cashier asks me.
What the fuck did I want? Hope? A car? To write?
Jesus, I knew – just give me a Pepsi.


David McGimpsey's fifth collection of poems

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Finalist for the 2012 Governor General's Award for Poetry


Chicagoland hot-dog stands are open late.
What the fuck you want?' one cashier asks me.
What the fuck did I want? Hope? A car? To write?
Jesus, I knew – just give me a Pepsi.


David McGimpsey's fifth collection of poems takes to new levels the melding of the deeply personal and the culturally popular that drove his acclaimed book Sitcom (nominated for the A. M. Klein Prize for Poetry). This is confessional poetry as written by a chronic trickster and a committed liar.

Written in part as an homage to the poetic idols of McGimpsey's youth, John Berryman and Robert Lowell, Li'l Bastard is a collection of 'chubby sonnets' – sixteen-line poems organized into eight longer sequences – that explore the poet's obsessions and engagements with America and Canada, popular culture, love and death, aging, baseball and beer and Barnaby Jones. Adopting a wild array of tones and artistic strategies, from picaresque to fantasy, to observational humour and the simple song lyric, these poems map the poet's midlife crisis on a wild flight that touches down in Montreal, Chicago, Nashville, Texas and L.A.

Poignant and often achingly funny, Li'l Bastard will no doubt cement McGimpsey's status as a beloved and ever-surprising original.

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Editorial Reviews

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"McGimpsey displays erudition, clever insights and a knack for the wickedly funny wisecrack." — The Washington Post

‘McGimpsey writes descriptively, singing the world as it actually is ... A truly inclusive and scrupulous feast, caloric, chaotic and free.’ – National Post

‘McGimpsey’s unruly, uncontained poems marry formal ingenuity and a raucous, hilarious sensibility. He’s also unafraid to poke at the eyes of our more inflated literary pretensions.’ – Quill and Quire

‘Hilarious and brilliant ... These chubby sonnets spill ingenuity over their waistbands.’ – Winnipeg Free Press

'If you’re into poetry, you should be reading David McGimpsey. Not because his books are hilarious – which they are – but because his writing brims with a charming honesty that is both infectious and refreshing.' Geist Magazine

'Li’l Bastard, is what The Dream Songs might have been if John Berryman had been drunk on McDo milkshakes instead of alcohol ... McGimpsey is the master of effortless irreverence. Where other poets exert themselves looking for ways to innovate, he skewers lyrical earnestness on the one hand and high-brow reinvention of the wheel on the other, while still responding to poetic tradition and forging his own path away from the mainstream.' – Montreal Review of Books

'The writing is creative, funny, and reveals the sometimes innocent, sometimes tragic, pleasures of reading and writing. McGimpsey is obviously having a lot of fun, and so are we.' – The Rover

'Achilles and Odysseus may have seen more action, but they’re less funny than David McGimpsey.' – Edmonton Journal

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781770562974
Publisher:
Coach House Books
Publication date:
11/28/2011
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
152
File size:
5 MB

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Meet the Author

David McGimpsey was born and raised in Montreal. He has a PhD in English Literature and is the author of the award-winning study Imagining Baseball: America's Pastime and Popular Culture. His previous collection, Sitcom, was a finalist for the A. M. Klein Prize and the ReLit AWard and was named one of Quill & Quire's 'Books of the Year.'  His travel writings frequently appear in the Globe and Mail and he writes the 'Sandwich of the Month' column for EnRoute magazine. He teaches at Concordia University.

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