The 2007 Kimmy Beach model, in Cars, is a crowd-pleasing look at the lives of rural teenagers in western Canada, and includes a free-wheeling tour of love, cars, and roller rinks. As the speakers pound out instantly recognizable hits of the eighties, Beach looks under the hood of female desire. Wearing string-back driving gloves, hands at two and ten o'clock, she investigates our fascination with cars and the way they crash. Wearing her white Sure-Grip high-tops roller skates with Precision Bearing wheels, Beach blows smoke in the face of the poetry establishment. Standard features of in Cars include youthful lust and squealing tires, muscle cars and disco balls. Optional extras include style, smarts, and Fancy Ass jeans. in Cars showcases an unmistakeably original poetic voice. Kimmy Beach, the reigning poet of popular mainstream culture, pops the clutch with this exploration of the nexus of libido, danger, and the darkness at the centre of attraction.
"I was pulled into the intense and unstable world of in Cars, a world bound by life at the roller rink and a passion for muscle cars where everything is erotically charged. Kimmy Beach has mapped a moving and sometimes frightening ride, rife with speed, sex, violence, and longing for love, that culminates in death the ultimate teenage rebellion. These poems are sharp with precise knowledge of 1980s gear and cars, and full of the genuine juice and anguish of late adolescence."
-- Maureen Scott Harris, author of Drowning Lessons
Kimmy Beach is the author of four poetry collections: Nice Day for Murder: Poems for James Cagney, alarum within: theatre poems, fake Paul, and in Cars. She has an honours degree in English from the University of Alberta. Kimmy lives in Red Deer, Alberta with her husband.