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Imperial
by George Bilgere
University of Pittsburgh Press, 2014
eISBN: 978-0-8229-7962-3 | Paper: 978-0-8229-6268-7
Library of Congress Classification PS3552.I425I47 2014
Dewey Decimal Classification 811.54

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ABOUT THIS BOOK
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.

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