Imperial

Imperial In Imperial George Bilgere s sixth collection of poetry he continues his exploration of the beauties mysteries and absurdities of being middle aged and middle class in mid America In poems that ra

  • Title: Imperial
  • Author: George Bilgere
  • ISBN: 9780822962687
  • Page: 166
  • Format: Paperback
  • In Imperial, George Bilgere s sixth collection of poetry, he continues his exploration of the beauties, mysteries, and absurdities of being middle aged and middle class in mid America In poems that range from the Cold War anxieties of the 1950s to the perils and predicaments of an aging Boomer in a post 9 11 world, Bilgere s rueful humor and slippery syntax become a trapdIn Imperial, George Bilgere s sixth collection of poetry, he continues his exploration of the beauties, mysteries, and absurdities of being middle aged and middle class in mid America In poems that range from the Cold War anxieties of the 1950s to the perils and predicaments of an aging Boomer in a post 9 11 world, Bilgere s rueful humor and slippery syntax become a trapdoor that at any moment can plunge the reader into the abyss In Bilgere s world a yo yo morphs into an emblem for the atomic bomb A spot of cancer flames into the Vietnam War And the death of a baseball player reminds us, in this age of disbelief, of the importance the necessity of myth.

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    1. I adore George Bilgere's poetry, so I was excited to read his newest collection. He has been a guest teacher of poetry here in Oklahoma at the Quartz Mountain Summer Arts Institute in the past, which is how I learned about him. He even has a poem about a brief moment in Oklahoma toward the end of this book.Like his previous poems, these are also filled with heart and humor, written in plainspoken English, which I so appreciate. It's hard to pick favorites, but my absolute favorite is the title p [...]

    2. In "Imperial," George Bilgere remembers the dissolution of his family, his mother reduced to Hamburger Helper and the rare lobster after the divorce while his father succumbed to scotch. But these reminisces are passing slides on a Viewfinder because Bilgere crafts his accessible poems with a keen appreciation of human humor and ache. The reader of "Imperial" arrives at its conclusion a gentler person after having washed clothing in the dank basement with a loving wife, after appreciating the be [...]

    3. All due respect to rigorously opaque academia, it is so nice to read a book of poetry and understand it at the same time. To get to smile and laugh to boot? All the better. If speaking to the reading audience is, for some reason a sin, then go ahead and just count me out for good.In other words, thanks to Bilgere for including us, inviting us in, and not requiring us to own the full Oxford English Dictionary (though I do) in order to track down an endless stream of some etymology geek's idea of [...]

    4. An excellent collection of poetry by the man who continues to be my favorite poet. This was not his best work (I still consider that to be a tie between the collections The Good Kiss and Big Bang: Poems). Still, there were some genuinely beautiful pieces here, and even though I kept telling myself I was only going to read one more poem, I finished the collection in one sitting because I quite simply could not put it down! Excellent work, Dr. Bilgere; you have done it again!

    5. I’ve previously written rave reviews for Haywire and The White Museum because I love George Bilgere’s poetry. How can you not? He has practically become the resident poet on The Writer’s Almanac for that very reason. He writes of his life, but also of yours and mine. Bilgere touches us, stirs up our memories, and makes us laugh. In Imperial, he chronicles the culture, fears, and concerns of the Baby Boomers ¬¬– from yo-yos, Stan Musial, and iPads to skin cancer, prostate exams, and fea [...]

    6. I saw George at a Brews & Prose reading in CLE and enjoyed his readings. I bought one of his books of poetry and read a few periodically. I really enjoyed reading them myself. I am far from a poetry lover but these read more like very short stories. He is a master of observing the environment around a situation and relaying what a middle-age man is thinking in a clever, chuckle-out-loud sort of way. I will read more of his work.

    7. My new favorite living poet. This collection is superb. With direct, pitch perfect language, Bilgere conjures vivid images of contemporary life and overlays them with wry, subtle commentary. If poems are truly messages in bottles, flung out to the sea of readers in hopes of connecting to someone, then my beach has been overrun. Not a false note here, and my subjective experience of life has been laid bare on the page. Must. Read. More.

    8. Bilgere is great at the short poem. Striking and clear imagery, often with a profound twist. He writes in the tradition of Frost and Kooser.

    9. I read this collection during a trip to Oslo, sitting outside the Albert Bistro by the harbour. The light, the water, the Beaujolais, the poems - perfect.

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