Illinois

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

recent & featured listings

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Poetry-Friendly Bookstore 57th Street Books Illinois
Writing Program University of Illinois at Chicago Illinois
Writing Program University of Illinois Illinois
Colony The Ragdale Foundation Illinois
Writing Program Midwest Writer's Workshop Illinois
Writing Program Knox College Illinois
Illinois Wesleyan University Illinois
Writing Program Illinois State University Illinois
Writing Program Columbia College, Chicago Illinois
Writing Program Art Institute of Chicago 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
				       for Ted Berrigan & Alice Notley

the bridges of Chicago
are not the bridges of Paris
or the bridges of Amsterdam
except they are a definition
almost no one bothers to define
like life full of surprises
in what now looks to be the oldest
modern American city
o apparition of the movie version
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