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.

upcoming events

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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

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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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     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

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        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