Illinois

On December 11, 2003, Illinois Governor Rod Blagojevich named Kevin Stein the state’s fourth poet laureate, following Howard Austin, Carl Sandburg, and Gwendolyn Brooks. Stein has published eight poetry collections and chapbooks, three scholarly books, and two poetry anthologies.

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Apr 05 2017
Poetry Live! A-Town Poetics Celebrates National Poetry Month

In celebration of National Poetry Month, join us for a poetry reading with Aurora's own A-Town Poetics. Poets will read original works.  So come experience poetry--out loud!  A-Town Poetics, based in Aurora, IL, is a group of poets and writers who meet to write together in a supportive environment.  Program sponsored by the Aurora Public Library-Eola Road Branch.  For more information, or to register, please call 630-264-3420.

7:30pm
555 S. Eola Rd.
60504 Aurora, Illinois

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poems

poem
"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
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
				       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