foreword by Edward Field
Volume 10 of the May Swenson Poetry Award Series, 2006
"Here, I felt, was an irresistible, not-so-easy, engaging humanness. Bilgere is a damn good poet. So good that when I found out who he was, and that he'd already gotten major awards—one chosen by Poet Laureate Billy Collins—I was dismayed that I hadn't been the one to discover him!"
—Edward Field, Judge of the 2006 Swenson Award
"George Bilgere is a smooth-talking poet whose ease of language can lead us unawares into a complex terrain of the heart and spirit. Haywire is full of bittersweet poems that are balanced between humor and seriousness, between the sadness of loss and the joy of being alive to experience it. Whenever a parade of Bilgere poems goes by, I'll be there waving my little flag."
—Billy Collins, formerly U.S. Poet Laureate
—from the foreword by Edward Field