Illinois

In December 2003, Illinois Governor Rod Blagojevich named Kevin Stein the state's fourth poet laureate.

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Colony The Ragdale Foundation Illinois
Writing Program Art Institute of Chicago Illinois
Writing Program Columbia College, Chicago Illinois
Writing Program Illinois State University Illinois
Writing Program Knox College Illinois
Writing Program Midwest Writer's Workshop Illinois
Writing Program University of Illinois Illinois
Writing Program University of Illinois at Chicago Illinois
Landmark The Carl Sandburg Cottage Illinois
Landmark The Green Mill Cocktail Lounge Illinois

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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        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
     painted women under the gas lamps
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"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