KUSP's Poetry Show

George Bilgere, guest poet


30_-_Bilgere_2Poet, educator and Poetry Show recidivist George Bilgere was the March 30, 2014 guest of host Dennis Morton. George was in town for a reading sponsored by Poetry Santa Cruz, and found time for a visit to the Poetry Show.

30 - Imperial cover





George Bilgere’s latest poetry collection is titled Imperial, a title which he explains was taken from the name of the top-of-the-line Duncan yo-yo of the early 1960s – an object of desire for American pre-adolescent boys of that era. As the title implies, many of the poems were inspired by memories of childhood.

30 - Imperial yo-yoFrom the publisher:

“Imperial is a collection of poems, both serious and hilarious, ranging in subject matter from marriage, divorce, popular culture, to the pitfalls, perils, and predicaments of middle-aged, middle-class, mid-American suburban life.”

The most-recent of Bilgere’s previous five poetry collections was The White Museum (2010). In addition to poetry, Bilgere teaches English at John Carroll University in Cleveland, Ohio. Also, inspired (or so he claims) by the KUSP Poetry Show, George started his own radio poetry show in Cleveland, called Wordplay. The show broadcasts on the university radio station, WJCU (podcast archive here).

Podcasts of previous George Bilgere appearances on the Poetry Show (from the pre-blog archives) can be found on our Guest Poets page.


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