Bruised Paradise

Kevin Stein's subjects range from rock and jazz to Mozart, from factory work and race rioting to the struggles of a nineteenth-century German immigrant facing the new world of small-town Indiana. Throughout, Stein's poems reveal the constancy of the American quest for work, family, and dignity, even as they evoke the bruised but still redemptive fruit of human compassion.


"Kevin Stein's poems are treasure houses of the spirit. This superb storyteller braves the insidious, the irrational, the unpredictable, the dangerous in our common lives. What is amazing about the poems in his Bruised Paradise is the compassion that survives in them against all odds."

—John Knoepfle

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University of Illinois Press
Urbana and Chicago

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