|Publisher:||Coach House Books|
“McGimpsey displays erudition, clever insights and a knack for the wickedly funny wisecrack.”—The Washington Post
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, baseball, beer, and Barnaby Jones) and map his midlife crisis on a wild flight through Montreal, Chicago, Nashville, Texas, and Los Angeles. Poignant and often achingly funny, Li’l Bastard will cement David McGimpsey’s status as a beloved original.