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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

Amy NewmanAmy Newman

Amy Newman has published four books of poetry: Order, or Disorder, Camera Lyrica, fall, and Dear Editor. Among her awards are the Beatrice Hawley Prize, The Lexi Rudnitsky Editor's Choice Award, and a fellowship from The MacDowell Colony. She is Presidential Research Professor at Northern Illinois University.


Amy Newman's Poems

Patricia Hartle - HTML

"When Patricia Hartle Would Give Delmore Schwartz a Ride To His Old Farm Property in New Jersey, He Would Wander About in The Fields For Hours, Calling For A Lost Cat" - This poem is from The Missouri Review

On Safari - HTML

"On Safari in The Serengeti With Her Husband Kayo, Anne Sexton Writes Letters To Her Therapist" - This poem is from The Missouri Review

Robert Lowell - HTML

"When Robert Lowell Broke Jean Stafford's Nose For the Second Time" - This piece is from the Southern Indiana Review

Sylvia Plath - HTML

"While Sylvia Plath Studies The Joy of Cooking On Her Honeymoon In Benidorm, Spain, Delmore Schwartz Reclines In The Front Seat Of His Buick Roadmaster" - This piece is from The Chronicle of Higher Education