By David McGimpsey
For those who tore off the tops of canola —
yellow canola ﬂowers —
would you leap in a bath of canola margarine
just to make the easiest of despair?
Implored through involved readers to be 'classy' and 'real' for as soon as, David McGimpsey has composed a chain of canonical note-books on all issues 'poetic' and 'poetical. ' Birds! vegetation! historical past! unhappy leaders! The note 'aubade'! They're all right here, in a serial, country Fair–bound selection 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 struggle approximately the place to shop for an outstanding pair of father denims. think Yeats yet with much fewer swans. think a poet who was once informed in the past that not anything reliable 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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Or wherefore his characters thus without fault? Say, was it that vainly directing his view To find out men's virtues, and finding them few, Quite sick of pursuing each troublesome elf, He grew lazy at last, and drew from himself? Here Douglas retires from his toils to relax, The scourge of impostors, the terror of quacks: Come, all ye quack bards, and ye quacking divines, Come, and dance on the spot where your tyrant reclines: When satire and censure encircled his throne, I fear'd for your safety, I fear'd for my own; But now he is gone, and we want a detector, Our Dodds shall be pious, our Kendricks shall lecture; Macpherson write bombast, and call it a style; Our Townshend make speeches, and I shall compile; New Lauders and Bowers the Tweed shall cross over, No countryman living their tricks to discover; Detection her taper shall quench to a spark, And Scotchman meet Scotchman, and cheat in the dark.
The spotted ounce and playsome cubs Run rustling 'mong the flowering shrubs. And lizards feed the moss; For Adoration beasts embark, While waves upholding halcyon's ark No longer roar and toss. While Israel sits beneath his fig, With coral root and amber sprig The weaned adventurer sports; Where to the palm the jasmine cleaves, For Adoration 'mong the leaves The gale his peace reports. Increasing days their reign exalt, Nor in the pink and mottled vault The opposing spirits tilt; And by the coasting reader spied, The silverlings and crusions glide For Adoration gilt.
For Adoration all the ranks Of Angels yield eternal thanks, And David in the midst: With God's good poor, which, last and least In man's esteem, Thou to Thy feast, O Blessed Bridegroom, bidst. For Adoration seasons change, And order, truth, and beauty range, Adjust, attract, and fill: The grass the polyanthus checks; And polished porphyry reflects, By the descending rill. Rich almonds colour to the prime For Adoration; tendrils climb, And fruit-trees pledge their gems; And Ivis, with her gorgeous vest, Builds for her eggs her cunning nest, And bell-flowers bow their stems.
Asbestos Heights by David McGimpsey