Kevin Stein

Kevin Stein is the author of ten books of poetry and criticism, most recently the essays Poetry’s Afterlife: Verse in the Digital Age and Sufficiency of the Actual. His collectionAmerican Ghost Roses (Illinois, 2005) won the Society of Midland’s Authors’ Poetry Award in 2006. He currently serves as Illinois Poet Laureate.

Apple Trees at Petal-Fall with Li Po

That a cardinal’s bright dart alights upon the branch means Non cogito, ergo sum — I don’t think, therefore I am.  But that’s not Mandarin! Still the tree’s petal-fall dusts us angelic, our arms feathered wings. A fool’s errand, this … Continue reading