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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(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
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     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

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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