There's no Nixon-goes-to-China move left.
No tale my pink Kennedy-sized head
doesn't tell you without your asking.
In French it's called Rue de la End, My Friend.
I went into debt renting hotel rooms,
my longest conversation with the front desk:
"Yes, I am going to stay three more days,
reruns of Cheers in the north of England!"
Much like a Maupassant story, I think,
I worked hard to erase my debts, and then,
my face, bashed by age and east end doctors -
oh, poppies, lilies and chrysanthemums.
Mark Twain's rock-bottom memoir of being drunk
and slinking through the dusty back streets
of Virginia City, unseen, alone,
seems like a late-life paradise to me.
These are the parts of east coast manuscripts
where a robin (or crested goshawk)
takes its beak and just starts jackhammering
your ass with messages of winter hope.
It's okay. I get it. If I say I feel
like having jellyhearts that doesn't mean
we'll be having jellyhearts anytime soon
(no more jellyhearts on Jellyhearts' Eve).
This is the part where I'm supposed to get up,
visit Italy, get Julia Roberts strong,
then smite my enemies - cleverly disguised
as more than three thousand Facebook friends.
Just call me Dr. Argyle Sweater Vest.
The bloom of the snowdrop faces downward,
like a long line-up's bashful supplicant
who finds consolation in the worst news.
DAVID McGIMPSEY lives in Montreal and is the author of five collections of poetry including Li'l Bastard (Coach House Books) which was named as one of the "books of the year" by both The Quill and Quire and The National Post and was nominated for the Governor General's Award. He is also the author of the short fiction collection Certifiable and the award-winning critical study Imagining Baseball: America's Pastime and Popular Culture. Named by the CBC as one of the “Top Ten English language poets in Canada” his work was also the subject of the book of essays Population Me: Essays on David McGimpsey. A PhD in American Literature, David teaches in the English Department of Concordia University.
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