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Tenth annual winner of the May Swenson Poetry Award, Haywire is a well-polished collection from a highly accomplished poet. With humor, compassion, and an unflinching eye, Bilgere explores the human condition in accessible lines and a magician's way with language. In images bright and dark, tangible and immanent, Bilgere brings us time after time to the inner reaches of a contemporary life. In subjects ranging from adolescent agony to the loss of parents to the comic pain of middle age, he finds no reason to turn away his gaze, and ultimately no reason not to define himself in joy

Haywire was chosen for the Swenson Award by poet Edward Field, winner of numerous awards and a personal friend of the late May Swenson. Field describes the book this way. "This poet, you knew from his very first lines, didn’t fall for anything phony—his own language is irresistibly no-bullshit down to earth, even sassy."

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  1. Cover
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  1. Cover
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  1. Title Page, Copyright, Dedication
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  1. CONTENTS
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  1. Copyright
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  1. ACKNOWLEDGMENTS
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  1. Dedication
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  1. FOREWORD
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  1. Part I
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  1. ARIA
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  1. Foreword
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  1. BIRDS
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  1. Epigraph
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  1. THIS SUMMER
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  1. THE BEAR
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  1. Aria
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  1. THE SURGEON GENERAL
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  1. Birds
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  1. THAT’S A TAKE
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  1. This Summer
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  1. SIMILE PRACTICE
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  1. The Bear
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  1. ONCE AGAIN I FAIL TO READ AN IMPORTANT NOVEL
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  1. The Surgeon General
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  1. HAPPY HOUR
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  1. That’s a Take
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  1. THE MASTODON AT THE CARNEGIE NATURAL HISTORY MUSEUM
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  1. Simile Practice
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  1. JANITORIAL
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  1. Once Again I Fail to Read an Important Novel
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  1. SAY MY NAME
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  1. Happy Hour
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  1. PETROGLYPHS
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  1. The Mastodon at the Carnegie Natural History Museum
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  1. TOSCA
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  1. Part II
  1. Say My Name
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  1. VIKINGS
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  1. Petroglyphs
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  1. MISS DECEMBER
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  1. Tosca
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  1. BLOOD-SOAKED BEAR TURD
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  1. RETARDS
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  1. GOOD HUMOR
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  1. Miss December
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  1. HAYWIRE
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  1. Blood-Soaked Bear Turd
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  1. CASABLANCA
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  1. NORELCO
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  1. Good Humor
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  1. WHAT WOULD JESUS DO?
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  1. Haywire
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  1. UNWISE PURCHASES
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  1. Casablanca
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  1. VIEW OF THE CITY OF DELFT
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  1. Norelco
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  1. ANNIVERSARY
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  1. What Would Jesus Do?
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  1. THE TABLE
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  1. Unwise Purchases
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  1. CHINESE
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  1. View of the City of Delft
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  1. Part III
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  1. SHE’S GOOD
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  1. The Table
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  1. WAITING
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  1. MUSEUM PIECE
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  1. Part 3
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  1. OLYMPICS
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  1. She’s Good
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  1. DARK SIDE OF THE MOON
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  1. Waiting
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  1. GOING TO BED
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  1. CITIZEN KANE
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  1. GLOBAL WARMING
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  1. Dark Side of the Moon
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  1. ABOUT THE AUTHOR
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  1. Going to Bed
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  1. THE MAY SWENSON POETRY AWARD
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  1. About the Author
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  1. The May Swenson Poetry Award
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