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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

Series: Pitt Poetry Series

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

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

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