Li'l Bastard

By David McGimpsey

Li'l Bastard
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Finalist for the 2012 Governor General's Award for Poetry

 

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 ... Read more


Overview

Finalist for the 2012 Governor General's Award for Poetry

 

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 his youth, John Berryman and Robert Lowell, Li'l Bastard is a collection of 'chubby sonnets' – sixteen-line poems organized in eight twenty-poem 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 tone 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 Los Angeles.

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

David McGimpsey

David McGimpsey is the author of five collections of poetry including Li'l Bastard which was named one of the 'books of the year' by both the Quill & Quire and the National Post and was shortlisted for Canada's Governor General's Award. He is also the author of the short fiction collection Certifiable and the award-winning critical study Imagining Baseball: America's Pastime and Popular Culture . Named by the CBC as one of the 'Top Ten English language poets in Canada,' his work was also the subject of the book of essays Population Me: Essays on David McGimpsey . He lives in Montréal.

Reviews

‘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 & Quire

 

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

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

‘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 & Quire

 

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

 

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

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