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 by means of 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! vegetation! background! unhappy leaders! The note 'aubade'! They're all right here, in a serial, nation 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 warfare approximately the place to shop for a very good pair of pop denims. think Yeats yet with much fewer swans. think a poet who was once advised in the past that not anything strong 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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The sky is clear blue. A cloudless sky with two airplanes ﬂying at diﬀerent angles. Each is given a line, a path to ﬂy in. The pilots communicate with someone on the ground. They all communicate with precise machines that very rarely make a fatal error. The ground is damp and moldy and a ﬁre not likely to start in the air this time of year. Spontaneous combustion, midair collision. Try not to burn. Try not to alarm. The phone rang but she didn’t answer it. ” He might seem hurt but his honesty will prevail and he ’ll become earnest and blunt.
They both had violent histories but longed to live in peace and so it was a pact sealed in blood, a sweetheart contract in which there were provisions for each to get the upper hand. Even though she bled every month, she always had someone to blame; while he noted that each time he touched her, her body was there, which had not always been the case with her predecessors. She listened to his lists and made her own in secret. A grocery list was necessary because he avoided buying food, preferring to spend cash on inessentials because they bought more satisfaction.
We all wish they weren’t so . . They never . . They always . . Sometimes they . . Once in a while they . . However it is obvious that they . . Their overall tendency has been . . The consequences of which have been . . They don’t appear to understand that . . If only they would make an eﬀort to . . But we know how diﬃcult it is for them to . . Many of them remain unaware of . . Some who should know better simply refuse to . . Of course, their perspective has been limited by . .
Asbestos Heights by David McGimpsey