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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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
(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,   

     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