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Imperial
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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 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.

Table of Contents

  1. Title Page, Copyright, Dedication
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  1. Contents
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  1. As Requested
  2. p. 1
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  1. Scorcher
  2. p. 2
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  1. Musial
  2. pp. 3-4
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  1. Yard Sale
  2. p. 5
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  1. The Return of Odysseus
  2. p. 6
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  1. Jane
  2. pp. 7-8
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  1. Traverse City
  2. p. 9
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  1. Darkly Shifting Flux
  2. pp. 10-11
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  1. Norwood
  2. p. 12
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  1. Attic Shapes
  2. pp. 13-14
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  1. Arcadia
  2. pp. 15-16
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  1. Bus Boy
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  1. Tenure
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  1. Mexican Town
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  1. Imperial
  2. pp. 20-21
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  1. Journal
  2. p. 22
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  1. Lobsters
  2. pp. 23-25
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  1. Coupons
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  1. Desire
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  1. Hoses
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  1. Problem
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  1. Black Box
  2. pp. 30-31
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  1. Far from Afghanistan
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  1. Lint
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  1. Robert Frost
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  1. Treptower Park, Berlin
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  1. Fly Balls
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  1. You Asked For It
  2. p. 37
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  1. Jazz
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  1. Genius
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  1. Whales
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  1. Basal Cell
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  1. Venus Transit Party
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  1. Eighty Yards
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  1. Royalty
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  1. The Wading Pool
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  1. iPoem
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  1. Prostate Exam
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  1. Faculty Lounge
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  1. One Good Pork Chop
  2. pp. 50-51
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  1. Airport
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  1. Cyclists
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  1. Indistinct Banquet
  2. pp. 54-55
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  1. Namaste
  2. p. 56
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  1. The Prostitutes of Amsterdam
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  1. Walking the Dog
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  1. Mile Marker 17, Outside Calumet, OK
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  1. Weather
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  1. Acknowledgments
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