From the drunk tank to the graduate seminar, We are no longer the smart kids in class asks what it means to think and be, play and learn, ride bikes and make love in a world of depleting resources, technological proliferation, and corroding ecosystems. A fantasia of academic disillusionment and deflating youth, this collection contemplates moustaches, mountains, and oceans from Halifax to Victoria, always wondering how poetry matters to the heaving, melting, masturbating world it dramatizes.
Let us listen to what the song / drowns out. Let us, like good / Heideggerians, tape our mouths / and cultivate the ring of stillness.
We are no longer the smart kids in class
is a smart and spirited debut volume. These are bawdy, wryly confessional, warts-and-all poems that celebrate language and love, family and nature, the cerebral and the sensual. Occasionally drunk but always observant, Huebert’s narrators contemplate life’s mysteries with their head in the clouds and their pants around their ankles. A pornographer of the heart, David Huebert shies away from nothing. His voice is authentic and raw and is sure to give the Canadian poetry scene a much needed slap in the face.
Ian Colford, author of Evidence and The Crimes of Hector Tomás