Asbestos Heights by David McGimpsey

By David McGimpsey

In case you 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 through 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! plants! historical past! unhappy leaders! The note 'aubade'! They're all the following, in a serial, country Fair–bound choice of lyrics set within the working-class belvedere of Asbestos Heights.

Among the fresh lemon-lime sodas of the area 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 battle approximately the place to shop for an exceptional pair of pop denims. think Yeats yet with much fewer swans. think a poet who used to be instructed some time past that not anything solid 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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Where did he go? the child wondered. After ten minutes, he asked, How long has he been gone? Soon, though, the father returned, stood in the doorway of the shop, called his son’s name once, & they vanished. In his relief, the boy forgot the jarred goldfish he’d won by tossing a coin into its bowl. At midnight, I placed it into the opened hand of a sunburnt girl wearing thick black glasses, knee-high socks, & a 14 gauge, surgical steel lip ring—having lost somewhere in the past the urge to take so grave a responsibility upon myself.

A former pro wrestler in a costume of wire & rubber bark & wearing a permanent scowl lumbers after vengeance in the confusion & fear of 1957 on a half-dozen root-legs, driving his victims into quicksand or toppling himself over upon them. Though here the point is the teller’s small brother & the boy’s allegiance, even in a state of suspended disbelief, to what we call sense. How, he wanted to know, suddenly unusually earnest, did the tree manage to get itself up again? Yesterday I spoke to a friend who is despairing: back home, waiting tables, he’s dating a woman whose marriage has only just come to an end.

O, my acrobats, in the dark capital of nested boxes, be with me always, secure & tumbling. 31 Book One From my grandfather Verus, I learned good morals and the government of my temper. From the reputation and remembrance of my father, modesty and a manly character. —Marcus Aurelius From my mother’s sister Peg, I failed to learn frugality though she would add last night’s peas to the morning’s eggs. She wore her neighbors’ spotted hand-me-downs until the exhausted seams gave out & even then, she saved the buttons.

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