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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

John BradleyJohn Bradley

John Bradley is the author of Love-In-Idleness: The Poetry of Roberto Zingarello (Word Works), Terrestrial Music (Curbstone), War on Words (BlazeVOX), You Don’t Know What You Don’t Know (CSU Poetry Center), Trancelumination (Lowbrow Press), and And Thereby Everything (Longhouse). His poetry has appeared in the American Poetry Review, Caliban online, Colorado Review, Diagram, Hotel Amerika, Ironwood, Lake Effect, and other journals. He is the editor of Atomic Ghost: Poets Respond to the Nuclear Age (Coffeehouse Press), Learning to Glow: A Nuclear Reader (Univ. of Arizona Press), and Eating the Pure Light: Homage to Thomas McGrath(Backwaters Press). He frequently reviews books of poetry for Raintaxi. The recipient of a Pushcart Prize in poetry and two National Endowment for the Arts Fellowships in poetry, he teaches at Northern Illinois University.

John Bradley's Poems

After Watching Ken Burns' The War For my father - HTML
After Watching Ken Burns' The War For my father - Audio

"After Watching Ken Burns' The War For my father "

Packing for Earth 2.0 - HTML
Winter Harvest, 1847 - Audio

"Packing for Earth 2.0"

The Lost Book - HTML
The Lost Book - Audio

"The Lost Book"

Oh Trinity, Where Would We Be Without You - HTML
Oh Trinity, Where Would We Be Without You - Audio

"Oh Trinity, Where Would We Be Without You"

Celestial Pablum - HTML
Celestial Pablum - Audio

"Celestial Pablum"

Venus Transits DeKalb - HTML
Venus Transits DeKalb - Audio

"Venus Transits DeKalb"