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The Good Kiss
George Bilgere
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The Good Kiss

4.34 of 5 stars 4.34  ·  rating details  ·  53 ratings  ·  9 reviews
The Good Kiss is a collection of poems dealing loosely with the subjects of divorce, sexuality, and American culture from the 1950's 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 ...more
Hardcover, 65 pages
Published January 13th 2003 by University of Akron Press (first published February 1st 2002)
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Robert Beveridge
George Bilgere, The Good Kiss (The University of Akron Press, 2002)

Haywire, Bilgere's 2006 book, was very high up my best reads of 2010 list (“Every other poem or so Bilgere cranks up the wonder machine and lets fly with another piece that varies the theme somewhat” --review 6Aug10 ish), with the added note that 2010 saw me reading the highest average quality stuff I have so far this century. It is an impressive book indeed. The Good Kiss, his 2002 offering, is not quite up to the same standard,
tex norman
In this book the poetry deals with issues of sexuality, divorce, and relationships. Again Bilgere shows himself to be a powerful poet. In the poem that gives the book its title there is a scene of intimacy where he is with a woman and he writes:

under each of them was the saddest
tenderest little smile of a scar
like two sad smiles of apology.

The woman explains that she "had them done" to keep her husband from leaving her, but in the end he left anyway. The speaker's response is:

. . . my lips to
Bilgere was my poetry teacher last year at an art's camp, and it was here that I first heard of him. His poems are witty and brilliantly honest and fresh. He was originally 'found' by Billy Collins, who offered him advanced praise. Reading his work, you can see why.
Really enjoyable collection. The poet is new to me and I'm looking forward to more. He has three other books, the earliest of which seems to be out of print. I'll be looking to buy the 2 more recent ones. And hope to return here to review.
An enjoyable book, but not as compelling to me as Haywire. In other words, Bilgere is getting better and better. This volume might be cathartic to someone going through a bitter break up. It's Bilgere's usual mix of hilarity with the poignant.
I really liked "The Return of Odysseus" so I thought I'd read was just alright for me. Some kind of grossed me out...
I especially liked Like Riding a Bicycle, Corned Beef and Cabbage, Stupid, Threepenny Opera, The Good Kiss.
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The Good Kiss: Poems (Akron Series in Poetry) by George Bilgere (2003)
Too much post-divorce angst in this book, but I like his poetry.
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Billy Collins once commented that poet George Bilgere "has shown that imaginative wonders and deep emotional truths can be achieved with plain, colloquial American speech." Bilgere has done so in his six collections of poetry, most recently "Imperial" (Pitt Poetry Series). His numerous awards include the May Swenson Poetry Award and a Pushcart Prize. A professor of English at John Carroll Universi ...more
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