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This is a collection of poems dealing loosely with the subjects of divorce, sexuality, and American culture from the 1950s to today. The poems vary in tone from the fairly serious to the reflective and meditative, to the wryly comic. Perhaps it is fair to say that this range of tones exists within many of the individual poems, and is their defining characteristic. Poems like "What I Want" and "The Good Kiss" are good examples of these quirky, rather unexpected tonal shifts and blendings.
George Bilgere is the author of two previous collections of poetry, The Going (University of Missouri Press) and Big Bang (Copper Beech Press). His poems have appeared in such periodicals and anthologies as Poetry, The Sewanee Review, The Southern Review, Ploughshares, The Kenyon Review, and The Best American Poetry. A recipient of fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts, the Fulbright Commission, the Witter Bynner Foundation, and the Ohio Arts Council, he is a professor of English at John Carroll University in Cleveland, Ohio.