george bilgere | once again I fail to read an important novel

28 10 2007

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Poetry Dispatch No. 114 | October 27, 2006

Once Again I Fail to Read an Important Novel by George Bilgere

Instead, we sit together beside the fountain,
the important novel and I.

We are having coffee together
in that quiet first hour of the morning,
respecting each other’s silences
in the shadow of an important old building
in this small but significant European city.

All the characters can relax.
I’m giving them the day off.
For once they can forget about their problems—
desire, betrayal, the fatal denouement—
and just sit peacefully beside me.

In the afternoon,
at lunch near the cathedral,
and in the evening, after my lonely,
historical walk along the promenade,

the men and women, the children
and even the dogs
in the important, complicated novel
have nothing to fear from me.

We will sit quietly at the table
with a glass of cool red wine
and listen to the pigeons
questioning each other in the ancient corridors.

from Haywire. © Utah State University Press

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3 11 2007
Jackie Langetieg

When I read George Bilgere’s wonderful poem I knew immediately that it would make a great jumping off point for my poets’ group. So, we used part of the title or “Once Again I Fail to” . . . and wonderful examples followed. My poem (published here) was the result of using this first line as title. Thanks to Mr. Bilgere for such a great idea.

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