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March 2018
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Blood Pages
Bilgere, George
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. 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.
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.
"The poems in Blood Pages typically arise out of the everyday, such as eating pancakes, a scene at Starbucks, and nostalgia for an old TV set. The wonder here is that Bilgere is able to evince from these poems moments of human pathos as affecting as the ones found in his poems on more serious subjects—a mother’s death, a father’s violence, and childbirth. Bilgere is that rare poet who can be as funny or as serious as he wants to be—often at the same time." —Billy Collins

“George Bilgere's done it again with Blood Pages. He peels back the layers of artifice to uncover our pulsing hearts working to sort out and survive the everyday struggles and absurdities of being human. With self-deprecating humor, with unwavering empathy, and with hard-earned clarity, he is one of our finest poets, and this is one of his finest books. I simply can't get enough of the poems of George Bilgere.” —Jim Daniels

"Bilgere studies the fuzzy math of our circumstance by tallying the mini-thrills of our app-happy culture, enumerating the conditions of unconditional love, acknowledging the way our distractions subtract us from even our simplest interactions. His speakers resemble Bilgere the poet, with at least one important difference: the poet is always a step ahead of them in burlesquing their self-righteous ires, fantasies, and denial of aging and mortality. Several steps ahead. . . . Part of the fun is in trying to ascertain how many."—J. Allyn Rosser

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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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