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Li'l Bastard

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Finalist for the 2012 Governor General's Award for Poetry
Melding the deeply personal and the culturally popular, Li'l Bastard is confessional poetry as written by a chronic trickster and a committed liar. Written in part as an homage to John Berryman and Robert Lowell, this sequence of sixteen-line poems—"chubby sonnets"—explores the poet's obsessions (food, aging, basebal
Paperback, 152 pages
Published October 11th 2011 by Coach House Books (first published January 1st 2011)
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Oct 12, 2012 THE TORONTO QUARTERLY rated it really liked it
Hey, Everyone! Check out my interview with poet David McGimpsey as we discuss his latest collection of sonnets Li'l Bastard (Coach House Books, 2012) and his feelings on being nominated for this years Governor General's Award in Poetry. Read it now on my TTQ Blog.
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Sep 24, 2016 Jeff Buddle rated it really liked it
McGimpsey is a master at making the pedestrian seem profound. In his hands, the TV show "Barnaby Jones" seems like holy scripture. His 16 line sonnets twist pop culture into important touchstones. Taken collectively, what we're really talking about here is a mid-life crisis, an academic almost resentful about being in academia, but more upset about growing ever older.
Oct 05, 2011 Arjun rated it it was amazing
Any list of best books of 2011 that does not include this book is invalid.

A kind of melange of pseudo biography, this collection of "chubby" sonnets (16 lines not 14) travel the continent (Montreal, Chicago, Texas, California), pray at the altar of Buddy Ebsen (well, Barnaby Jones) and kind of skewer (affectionately) the whole carnival that is academia. But most of all it is awesome. It is funny, it is sad (though it is mostly funny) and it is as entertaining as a "sonnet" has any right to be.
Aug 16, 2016 Amy rated it did not like it
This might be one of the worst and more inaccessible books of poetry I have ever read.

Literally the only thing that kept me slogging page by page is the fact that I'm behind on my Goodreads yearly challenge and I really needed another book ticked off the list.

I think this book just wasn't written for me. It's about a mid-life crisis of some dude from Quebec. Like, who cares, except maybe for other middle aged men who want to run away from their crumbling lives to Texas or whatever.
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David has a PhD in English Literature. Writes a regular humour column called "The Self-Esteem Workout" for Matrix. and the "Sandwich of the Month" column for EnRoute magazine. David is a songwriter and musician, and member of the rock band Puggy Hammer. He is the Montreal fiction editor of the e-magazine Joyland and is the fiction editor for the Punchy Writers Series at DC Books. David was named ...more
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