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Author McGimpsey, David
Title Hamburger Valley, California
Imprint Montreal : ECW Press, 2001
©2001
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Descript 1 online resource (116 pages)
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Note Front Cover -- Copyright -- Table of Contents -- Dedication -- Acknowledgement -- 1. -- O Porco Mio -- Ashley Peacock Rubber Room -- nice at any price -- Ancient Rock Mythology -- "Let's Hear It for Seasonal Affected Disorder!" -- The Jenny Jones Show -- Où Est Queen Street? -- Leonard Cohen's "Suzanne" by Frank Sinatra -- Museum Sweet -- As Seen on ER -- The Ballad of Scatter, Elvis's Pet Chimp -- The Inaugural Poem of the Los Angeles Subway System -- 2. -- Dr. Tubby -- Alanis Glossettes -- Air Lardo -- Is It Any Wonder? -- Mr. Baseball -- Vili Fualaau à Paris -- The Narcissus Bloat -- Shake Hands with Oprah -- Tubb E.'s in Love -- Gnawed End Piece -- Millennial Predictions -- Big Pants on Campus -- Thank God for TV -- Lardcake III: The Wrath of Tubby -- That's New England to Me -- More Millennial Predictions -- Gravy-Boy 360° -- Cali-Tiki -- The West Wing-Ding -- Fatlanta, GA -- Secret Confessions of Jacques Cousteau -- Poto-Tato -- New Chunky McBeal -- Dollar Store Blazon -- Darva Conger's Oscar Party -- Evel Knievel Knoodle -- 3. Hamburger Valley, California -- Back Cover
Canadian poetry, well done, with everything, to go. Hamburger Valley, California is David McGimpsey's funniest and most compelling collection to date. With his unapologetic love of popular culture, he presents an elaborate lyric postcard, which explores, from a most unprivileged seat on the cheapest bus, love and (somebody else's) fame. McGimpsey challenges the bonds of place in a global (American) economy — with personal warmth and characteristic wisecracking — daring to dream of escape not only to an impossibly meaty Southern California, but to the sous-sol of the poetic heart. How can we best celebrate the Los Angeles subway? What's Wayne Gretzky doing in retirement? What fantasy stems from a British soap opera star? How is life like aging daredevil Evel Knieval? What did Mike Pearson say to LBJ? Who the hell is Vili Fualauu? How does cutting classes lead to absurd fantasies of Toronto? What will happen in the next millennium? What rhymes with Liberace? McGimpsey answers these questions in a way that will make you think you always wanted to know the answer. The daring, hilarious title poem, though, is the pièce de resistance: it braves every aspect of hamburger lore as a response to what Shakespeare called, “the plague and sighing of grief." No quick snack, Hamburger Valley, California is a poetry lover's grand buffet
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Electronic reproduction. Ann Arbor, Michigan : ProQuest Ebook Central, 2020. Available via World Wide Web. Access may be limited to ProQuest Ebook Central affiliated libraries
Link Print version: McGimpsey, David Hamburger Valley, California Montreal : ECW Press,c2001 9781550224566
Subject Popular culture -- Poetry.;California -- Poetry
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