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Asbestos Heights

3.76  ·  Rating details ·  33 ratings  ·  8 reviews
If you tore off the tops of canola —
yellow canola flowers — would you
jump in a tub of canola margarine
just to make the best of despair?


Implored by concerned readers to be ‘classy’ and ‘real’ for once, David McGimpsey has composed a sequence of canonical notebooks on all things ‘poetic’ and ‘poetical.’ Birds! Flowers! History! Sad leaders! The word ‘aubade’! They’re all h
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Paperback, 96 pages
Published May 12th 2015 by Coach House Books (first published April 7th 2015)
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Alan
Dec 14, 2017 rated it did not like it
I don't know. This was a painfully slow book to read. Perhaps it's because I don't like baseball, but I found nearly all of these poems boring and irrelevant. I think McGimpsey's other book, Lil' Bastard, definitely trumps Asbestos Heights.
Hamuel Sunter
Jan 04, 2018 rated it it was ok
Funny, but not quite funny enough. I picked this up because of the title, because I'd visited the town of Asbestos.
Josh Luft
May 05, 2015 rated it really liked it
3.5/5
I love a poet with a prankster's heart and David McGimpsey's fits right in with my rogue's gallery of Jennifer L. Knox, Michael Robbins, and Frederick Seidel. I mean, if you're gonna title a poem "If you can't handle me when I'm wearing my Van Halen T-shirt, you don't deserve me when I'm wearing my other Van Halen T-shirt.", you're gonna have my undivided attention. Asbestos Heights is an accepted challenge for McGimpsey to write about the sanctioned subjects of poetry like birds and flower
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Anoja Muthucumaru
Jun 11, 2015 rated it really liked it
Funny, sad, and bitchin'. Keepin' it real and true, trill!
Zaq Haslam
Feb 11, 2016 rated it really liked it
McGimpsey in fine form, slyly working a bit more floral/"high poetic" language into his usual fireworks factory of diet soda and irreverence.
Aara
Apr 10, 2015 rated it really liked it
Funny, clever page turner poetry. I read it in one sitting and ate it up. This is my first time reading McGimpsey, will definitely be seeking out more.
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May 29, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Dave can do no wrong
Another awesome book!
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Mar 21, 2016 rated it really liked it
Delightfully snarky, while sneaking introspection in.
I loved it.
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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