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

date
Aug 19 2017
BODY PASSAGES: a poetry and dance performance
Body Passages is an evening of new collaborative works devised by local poets and dancers. Body Passages is a new performance series curated by Chicago Danztheatre Ensemble (CDE) and Poetry Center of Chicago (PCC) that encourages the crossing of artists and audiences. CDE and PCC have paired professional dancers and poets to create their own artist-led projects fusing language and movement. Paired artists participate in on-going conversations and exchanges with other pairs. Artists explore fluidity, form, and rhythm as they relate to a variety of topics. The first of two performances taking place at Chicago Danztheatre Ensemble’s Auditorium and the second taking place at Uncommon Ground on Devon Ave.
 
Tickets are available at: bodypassages.brownpapertickets.com or www.danztheatre.org or 773.486.8261
$10 General Advance
$ 5 College Students and Seniors Advance (with ID)
$15 General Door
$10 College Students and Seniors (with ID)

 

7:00pm
1650 W. Foster Avenue
60640 Chicago, Illinois
Sep 21 2017
Poetry Workshop: Odes

All experience levels are welcome to a discussion and creative workshop moderated by Poetry Foundation library coordinator Maggie Queeney. In September, we will explore the ode, a lyric poem of address, praise, and celebration of a person, place, thing, or idea. After reading a wide range of poems, participants will be guided through composing original odes. Materials will be provided, but participants are encouraged to bring texts that relate to a current creative project.

6:00pm
3401 W. Foster Avenue
60625-4808 Chicago, Illinois

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poems

poem
(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
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
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