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Imperial

by George Bilgere

Publication Year: 2014

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.

Published by: University of Pittsburgh Press

Title Page, Copyright, Dedication

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As Requested

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pp. 1-

Scorcher

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pp. 2-

Musial

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pp. 3-4

Yard Sale

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pp. 5-

The Return of Odysseus

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pp. 6-

Traverse City

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pp. 9-

Darkly Shifting Flux

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pp. 10-11

Norwood

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pp. 12-

Attic Shapes

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pp. 13-14

Arcadia

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pp. 15-16

Bus Boy

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pp. 17-

Tenure

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pp. 18-

Mexican Town

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pp. 19-

Imperial

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pp. 20-21

Journal

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pp. 22-

Lobsters

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pp. 23-25

Coupons

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pp. 26-

Desire

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pp. 27-

Hoses

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pp. 28-

Problem

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pp. 29-

Black Box

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pp. 30-31

Far from Afghanistan

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pp. 32-

Robert Frost

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pp. 34-

Treptower Park, Berlin

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pp. 35-

Fly Balls

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pp. 36-

You Asked For It

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pp. 37-

Genius

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pp. 39-

Whales

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pp. 40-

Basal Cell

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pp. 41-

Venus Transit Party

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pp. 42-

Eighty Yards

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pp. 43-

Royalty

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pp. 44-45

The Wading Pool

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pp. 46-

iPoem

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pp. 47-

Prostate Exam

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pp. 48-

Faculty Lounge

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pp. 49-

One Good Pork Chop

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pp. 50-51

Airport

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pp. 52-

Cyclists

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pp. 53-

Indistinct Banquet

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pp. 54-55

Namaste

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pp. 56-

The Prostitutes of Amsterdam

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pp. 57-

Walking the Dog

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pp. 58-

Mile Marker 17, Outside Calumet, OK

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pp. 59-

Weather

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pp. 60-

Acknowledgments

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pp. 61-62


E-ISBN-13: 9780822979623
E-ISBN-10: 0822979624
Print-ISBN-13: 9780822962687
Print-ISBN-10: 0822962683

Page Count: 72
Publication Year: 2014

Series Title: Pitt Poetry Series
Series Editor Byline: Ed Ochester

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