By David McGimpsey
For those who tore off the tops of canola —
yellow canola ﬂowers —
would you leap in a bathtub of canola margarine
just to make the simplest of despair?
Implored via involved readers to be 'classy' and 'real' for as soon as, David McGimpsey has composed a series of canonical note-books on all issues 'poetic' and 'poetical. ' Birds! plant life! heritage! unhappy leaders! The notice 'aubade'! They're all right here, in a serial, nation Fair–bound number of lyrics set within the working-class belvedere of Asbestos Heights.
Among the clean lemon-lime sodas of the realm and the rousing lyrics to 'Bootylicious,' Asbestos Heights amps up McGimpsey's trademark sideswiping of formal rhetoric and prosody with pop savoir faire to ﬁnd his boldest assortment. think Petrarch in a Tweet struggle approximately the place to shop for an exceptional pair of father denims. think Yeats yet with much fewer swans. think a poet who was once informed some time past that not anything sturdy ever comes out of a spot like Asbestos Heights.
'David McGimpsey is unfuckwithable, poetry-wise, and I'll stand on John Ashbery's espresso desk in my cowboy boots and say that. '
— Michael Robbins
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