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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Jun 01 2018
Christine Kanownik
Christine Kanownik is the author of KING OF PAIN (Monk Books 2016) and the forthcoming kaput! (Trembling Pillow Press 2019). Her poetry is can be found at FENCE, Diagram, Cosmonauts Avenue, jubilat, among others. Her chapbook We Are Now Beginning to Act Wildly was published in 2012 by Diez Press. She lives in Chicago.
 
Please join us on Friday, June 1st to for a reading from Christine and guests!
 
6:30pm
2142 West Roscoe Street
60618 Chicago, Illinois
Jun 05 2018 to Aug 23 2018
Summer Writing Workshops at the Poetry Center

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8:00pm to 10:00pm
651 W. Lake St.
60661 Chicago, Illinois

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poems

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The market is made of fire so nothing
Stands, or stands—even in the ideal
City of Pullman, I hear “nigga run,”
One child shouting to another in ruins,
Of ruin and so call out in paradise
To the live bloody skeleton hung softly
As summer in each other to escape
This year’s

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 Mother
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