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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Nov 19 2016
Al DeGenova Reading

Highland Park Poetry welcomes Al DeGenova as our featured reader. Albert DeGenova is a prize-winning poet, editor, teacher, and blues saxophonist. His most recent chapbook is A Good Hammer (2014, a limited edition hand-made letterpress imprint from Timberline Press) with his newest collection, Fishnets and Saxophones, to be published this fall by Purple Flag press. In 2000, he launched the literary/arts journal After Hours, for which he continues as publisher and editor. DeGenova is half of the performance poetry duo AvantRetro (with Charlie Rossiter) which appears throughout the Midwest and greater Chicago area.

Open-mic begins immediately follows. Poets may bring up to 6 poems to share. All are welcome to enjoy the word magic in the funky vibe of Madame ZuZu’s.

582 Roger Williams Avenue
60035 Highland Park, Illinois

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				       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
        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
(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,