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Product Details

  • Paperback
  • Publisher: University of Akron Press, The (2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1884836933
  • ISBN-13: 978-1884836930
  • ASIN: B0092GD26M
  • Shipping Weight: 4.6 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #7,711,672 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

George Bilgere has published six collections of poetry, most recently "Imperial." His "The White Museum" was chosen for the 2009 Autumn House Press Poetry Prize, and in 2006 George's "Haywire" won the May Swenson Poetry Prize. U.S. Poet Laureate Billy Collins picked "The Good Kiss" to win the University of Akron Poetry Prize. Collins has described him as "a welcome breath of fresh American air."

George's poems are featured on Garrison Keillor's "The Writer's Almanac" and Ted Kooser's newspaper project "American Life in Poetry." He has also been a guest on Keillor's "A Prairie Home Companion" live radio variety show.

George hosts a weekly radio show, WORDPLAY, an offbeat mix of poetry, comedy, and an ongoing exploration of the possibilities of the spoken word.

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13 of 15 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on August 12, 2003
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The Good Kiss is full of delights and surprises -- connections that will widen your eyes and sudden turns from the humorous into the serious that will throw you against the door. Such effects are the product of a poet who knows how to blend ingeniously the sentimental and the sarcastic, the smart and the innocent, the trivial and the desperately serious. In the house of contemporary poetry, this book is a welcome breath of fresh air.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Poppy on February 24, 2009
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George Bilgere is a true poet. He can make me laugh; he can make me cry. While his subject matter may be foreign to me and my experience, his expression is familiar. He creates in me sympathy, empathy, joy, sorrow, delight, even as he informs. There is an optimism, however, which GB cannot extinguish. It may be that to which I respond most favorably.
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The title poem, The Good Kiss, is perhaps the strongest poem in the collection, but they all offer insights and empathy with the male ego, male experiences in the USA from the 1970s to today, IMHO. My copy came from a book shop in Buford, Georgia. I also enjoyed his Like Riding a Bicycle, Corned Beef and Cabbage as nods to his father and mother. Inherit the Wind speaks about male coming of age, What I Want is the longest poem and it is a catalog of what most guys want. I am 75 years old and everything in this tome resonates with me.
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From love to family to divorce to little wonders, George Bilgere is the man to write about it. Love his work!
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