About the Book

Li’l Bastard

Li’l Bastard

October 2011
Trade Paperback · 152 Pages
$16.95 U.S. · £11.99 U.K. · €11.99 E.U.
ISBN 9781552452486
Coach House Books


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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, 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.

David McGimpsey is the author of four acclaimed collections of poetry, including Lardcake and Sitcom. He teaches at Concordia University in Montreal.

About the Author

David McGimpsey: David McGimpsey was born and raised in Montreal. He is the author of four acclaimed collections of poetry, including Lardcake and Sitcom (now in its second printing), which was a finalist for both the A.M. Klein Prize and the ReLit Award. In 2009, the CBC listed David as one of Canada's ten best English-language poets. He has a PhD in Literature (specializing in American fiction) and is the author of the award-winning study Imagining Baseball: America's Pastime and Popular Culture. McGimpsey writes a regular humour column called 'The Self-Esteem Workout' for Montreal's Matrix Magazine and the 'Sandwich of the Month' column as a contributing editor for EnRoute (AirCanada's in-flight magazine). David lives in the Mile-End district of Montreal and teaches creative writing and literature at Concordia University.