Illinois

In December 2003, Illinois Governor Rod Blagojevich named Kevin Stein the state's fourth poet laureate.

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Colony The Ragdale Foundation Illinois
Writing Program University of Illinois Illinois
Writing Program University of Illinois at Chicago Illinois
Writing Program Art Institute of Chicago Illinois
Writing Program Columbia College, Chicago Illinois
Writing Program Illinois State University Illinois
Writing Program Knox College Illinois
Writing Program Midwest Writer's Workshop Illinois
Landmark The Carl Sandburg Cottage Illinois
Landmark The Green Mill Cocktail Lounge Illinois

poems

poem
        Hog Butcher for the World,
        Tool maker, Stacker of Wheat,
        Player with Railroads and the Nation's Freight Handler;
        Stormy, husky, brawling,
        City of the Big Shoulders:

They tell me you are wicked and I believe them, for I have seen your
     painted women under the gas lamps
poem
Chicago Morning

To Philip Guston

Under a red face, black velvet shyness
Milking an emaciated gaffer. God lies down
Here. Rattling of a shot, heard
From the first row. The president of the United States
And the Director of the FBI stand over
a dead mule. "Yes, it is nice to hear the fountain
With
poem
(In Springfield, Illinois)
 
It is portentous, and a thing of state   
That here at midnight, in our little town   
A mourning figure walks, and will not rest,   
Near the old court-house pacing up and down,   
   
Or by his homestead, or in shadowed yards
He lingers where his children used to play,   
Or