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Featured Poet

Featured Illinois Poet

Although this website's objective is simply to promote the art of poetry, its special focus is the rich bounty of work created by our state's poets past and present. Through features on the work of Illinois poets, the site will highlight the poetic legacy of Illinois and showcase the bevy of fine poets currently writing within the state.

Biographical Note

Adrian MatejkaAdrian Matejka

Adrian Matejka's first collection of poems, The Devil's Garden, won the 2002 Kinereth Gensler Award from Alice James Books. His second collection, Mixology, was a winner of the 2008 National Poetry Series and was published by Penguin Books in 2009. He is the recipient of two Illinois Arts Council Literary Awards and fellowships from Cave Canem and the Lannan Foundation. His work has appeared or is forthcoming in American Poetry Review, The Best American Poetry 2010, Ploughshares, and Prairie Schooner among other journals and anthologies. He teaches at Southern Illinois University Edwardsville where he is the William and Margaret Going Endowed Professor for 2010-11.

Wheels of Steel - HTML  
Battle Royale - Audio  
 

"Battle Royale"

Carefree as a Plantation Darky in Watermelon Time - HTML  
Carefree - Audio  

"Carefree as a Plantation Darky in Watermelon Time"

Fisticuffs - HTML  
Carefree as a Plantation Darky in Watermelon Time - Audio  

"Fisticuffs"

Rememory - HTML  
Rememory - Audio  

"Rememory"

Sporting Life - HTML  
Sporting Life - Audio  

"Sporting Life"






These video's are in windows format.

These poems are from Adrian's next book, 'The Big Smoke' which will be published in early 2013. The poems are in the voice of Jack Johnson, the first African-American Heavyweight Champion.