Illinois

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

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Jul 09 2015
A CELEBRATION OF INTERNATIONAL POETRY: NEW GENERATION AFRICAN POETS

AMY LUKAU, TSITSI JAJI, LADAN OSMAN, VIOLA ALLO, AND WARSAN SHIREThe Poetry Society of America continues its 2015 national series, A Celebration of International Poetry, at the Poetry Foundation in Chicago. The series will travel to six cities and focus on major international poets from any era, including Octavio Paz (Mexico), Alda Merini (Italy), Li Po (China), among many others.In this third installment, we will celebrate several emerging poets from Africa, Amy Lukau, Tsitsi Jaji, Ladan Osman, Viola Allo, and Warsan Shire, whose work has been recently published in the New Generation African Poets chapbook series. Editors Chris Abani, Kwame Dawes, and Matthew Shenoda will discuss the project and introduce the emerging poets, who will then read from their work. 

Co-sponsored by the Poetry Foundation.

7:00pm
61 W Superior St
60654 Chicago, Illinois

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poems

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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
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(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
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"Give me some light!" cries Hamlet's
uncle midway through the murder
of Gonzago. "Light! Light!" cry scattering
courtesans. Here, as in Denmark,
it's dark at four, and even the moon
shines with only half a heart.

The ornaments go down into the box:
the silver spaniel, My Darling
on its collar, from