Trillium Book Awards Author Reading 2015

Sitcom

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Coach House Books, 2007

‘Don’t forget the knife in my boot,’ I’d say
to myself, not even sure what I meant;
autumn yarrow and purple-flowered catmint
on a September street, not far from home;
I couldn’t see Venus in the night sky
or keep up with the plot lines in Judging Amy,
as I avowed not to play life pretty,
say all’s fair! as erstwhile pals drove away
to cottage country, their jobs secure.

Implicating extremes from Coriolanus to Karen Carpenter, David McGimpsey’s Sitcom is both serious poetry and a work of comedy.

Mischievous, generous and side-splittingly funny, this collection of wry soliloquies and sonnets begins with a milestone birthday and finds itself – through antic turns and lyric flips to demi-mondes as varied as the offices of university regents and the basic plot arc of Hawaii Five-O – to a sincere contemplation of mortality and the fashion sense of Mary Tyler Moore. Unembarrassed by its literary allusions or its hi-lo hybridity, Sitcom’s strategic and encompassing voice is prepared for each comedic disaster and is, somehow, always ready for next week’s episode.

David McGimpsey was born and raised in Montreal. He has a PhD in English Literature and is the author of the award-winning study Imagining Baseball: America's Pastime and Popular Culture. His travel writings frequently appear in the Globe and Mail and he writes the ‘Sandwich of the Month’ column for EnRoute magazine. He teaches at Concordia University.