Illinois

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

upcoming events

date
Apr 05 2015
Uptown Poetry Slam

Hosted by Slam originator Marc Smith. For more information, visit: http://greenmilljazz.com.

7:00pm to 10:00pm
4802 N. Broadway Ave.
60640 Chicago, Illinois
Apr 16 2015
The BreakBeat Poets

Join editors Kevin Coval, Nate Marshall, and Quraysh Ali Lansana to celebrate the release of The BreakBeat Poets: New American Poetry in the Age of Hip-Hop, the first anthology of its kind.

7:00pm
61 West Superior Street
60654 Chicago, Illinois

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Poetry-Friendly Bookstore Women & Children First Illinois
Small Press University of Illinois Press Illinois
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Writing Program University of Illinois Illinois
Small Press University of Chicago Press Illinois
Poetry-Friendly Bookstore Town House Books Illinois
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Colony The Ragdale Foundation Illinois
Literary Organization The Poetry Center of Chicago Illinois
Poetry-Friendly Bookstore The Newberry Library Bookstore Illinois

poems

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
poem

     To the Williamson Brothers

High noon. White sun flashes on the Michigan Avenue asphalt. Drum of hoofs and whirr of motors. Women trapsing along in flimsy clothes catching play of sun-fire to their skin and eyes.

Inside the playhouse are movies from under the sea. From the heat of pavements

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