Today's poem is "Musial"
from Imperial

University of Pittsburgh Press

George Bilgere is the author of five previous poetry collections, most recently The White Museum, which 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.

Other poems by George Bilgere in Verse Daily:
February 27, 2010:   "Zero" "First it was five above, then two..."
August 2, 2008:   "Sunset Knoll" "When the smoking hot barrista..."

Books by George Bilgere:

Other poems on the web by George Bilgere:
Thirty-nine poems
Seven poems
"Corned Beef and Cabbage"
"Grecian Temples"
"Bridal Shower"
Three poems
"Almost the Same"
Three poems

George Bilgere's Home Page.

George Bilgere according to Wikipedia.

George Bilgere on Twitter.

About Imperial:

"Concerned with life’s smallest and largest questions, Imperial scans the past for clues of how best to navigate the future. Tracing the arc of the Baby Boomer generation from cradle to grave, Bilgere’s poems paint a picture of American life that is equal parts sadness, matter-of-fact-ness, and hilarity. Their ability to incorporate humor is both surprising and fresh—especially as they tackle subjects such as aging, suburban routine, and the rise and subsequent fall of post-WWII America."
—Dorianne Laux

"Cheeky nephew of Billy Collins, brash blunt brother of Tony Hoagland, George Bilgere writes the poetry of frontal candor about desire, nostalgia, and sweet sad vanity. He’s not just easy but defiantly easy to read. The rest of us professor poet guys maybe better give up writing funny-ruefully about our typical lucky lives, because Bilgere has the territory so well covered."
—Mark Halliday

"In Imperial, George Bilgere gives us the ‘shared mystery / of being human / on this dark little planet,’ with the perfect pacing and wicked aplomb of a comic raconteur. His wry observations of people—at home, in the neighborhood, at the university—purr with buttered irony. And then we feel the claws below the charm, and deeper beneath that, a sadness that won’t be laughed away."
—Elton Glaser

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