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.

Please visit the Illinois Poet Laureate website to view past Featured Poets.

Martha Vertreace-Doody

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A National Endowment for the Arts Fellow, Martha Modena Vertreace-Doody is Distinguished Professor of English and Poet-In-Residence at Kennedy-King College, Chicago, IL. Her several books include Second House from the Corner, Under a Cat's-Moon, Oracle Bones, Cinnabar, Smokeless Flame, Kelly in the Mirror, Maafa: When Night Becomes a Lion, andDragon Lady: Tsukimi. Light Caught Bending and Second Mourning, published by Diehard Publishers, Edinburgh, won Scottish Arts Council Grants. Glacier Fire won the Word Press Poetry Prize.  In This Glad Hour, her most recent book, focuses on the life of Elizabeth Caldwell Duncan, wife of the sixth governor of Illinois.

 

Audio/Text Poems

  • "BEGINNING OF A NEW WORLD" 
  • "WINTER HARVEST, 1847"
  • "YORK, 1858"
  • "VILLAGE APOTHECARY SHOP, 1859"
  • "POSTSCRIPT, 1866"
  • "IN THIS GLAD HOUR, 1876"