Blood Pages

Blood Pages

by George Bilgere


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In Blood Pages George Bilgere continues his exploration of the joys and absurdities of being middle-aged and middle-class in the Midwest. OK, maybe he’s a bit beyond middle-aged at this point, and his rueful awareness of this makes these poems even more darkly hilarious, more deeply aware of the feckless and baffling times our nation has stumbled into. And the fact that Bilgere, relatively late in life, is now the father of two young boys brings a fresh sense of urgency to his work. Blood Pages is a guidebook to the fears, foibles, and beauties of our lovely old country as it makes its blundering, tentative way into the new century.

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ISBN-13: 9780822965275
Publisher: University of Pittsburgh Press
Publication date: 03/01/2018
Series: Pitt Poetry Series
Edition description: 1
Pages: 72
Sales rank: 218,933
Product dimensions: 5.90(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.30(d)

About the Author

George Bilgere is the author of six previous poetry collections, including most recently, Imperial. The White Museum was chosen by Alicia Suskin Ostriker for the Autumn House Poetry Series. His third book, The Good Kiss, was selected by Billy Collins to win the University of Akron Poetry Award. He has won numerous other awards, including the Midland Authors Award, the May Swenson Poetry Award, and a Pushcart Prize. Bilgere is the recipient of grants from the Witter Bynner Foundation, the National Endowment for the Arts, the Fulbright Commission, and the Ohio Arts Council. His poems have appeared in numerous anthologies and journals, including Poetry, Ploughshares, the Kenyon Review, Fulcrum, and the Best American Poetry series. Bilgere's poems have also been featured over fifty times on Garrison Keillor’s National Public Radio program, The Writer’s Almanac, and he has been a guest on A Prairie Home Companion.

Table of Contents

'56 Corvette 3

Above Illinois 4

Living Will 7

Happy Hour 8

Tar Pits 9

Void Unfilled 11

The Forge 13

The Roughs 14

Blood Pages 17

Beautiful Country 18

Farmers' Market 20

Pancake Dilemma 21

Strange Opera 22

Push 24

Midnight in LA 26

Horseplay 29

The Rose Trellis 30

I Tie My Shoes 31

Making Love in Silence 33

On Being Told I Have to Give Up Salt 34

The Nod 35

Really Eternal City 36

Ghostly Heron 37

Letter to the Dying 38

Taxi App 40

Starbucks 42

Swim Lessons 44

Armored Car 45

The Fairly Passionate Shepherd to His Love 46

The Mysterians 47

Father's Day 48

Storage Unit 49

Daddy Long Legs 51

Icarus 52

Strawberries 53

Schwinn 54

Boomers 55

Dot 56

Six Feet 58

Tube Testers 59

Memorial Day 60

Sarah 61

Stargazer 63

Big Thing 64

The Chartr'd Thames 66

In Praise of Soup 67

End of August 69

Watering Flowers 70

Acknowledgments 71

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