Tag Archives: Rick Kogan

Mike Royko: Controversy…and the Cubs

When Mike Royko died in 1997, Chicago mourned.  Granted, a few of the many people he confronted in his no-nonsense manner may have secretly celebrated, but his death was seen by many as the end of an era, when newspaper … Continue reading

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SLAMS: Poetry and Applause Meters

Is it?  Is it unhealthy to hook poetry up to an applause meter?  Is it healthier to keep it locked up in university ivory towers, like so much of it is these days?  Marc Kelly Smith was thinking about all … Continue reading

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Nelson Algren’s City on the Make

The Video Below presents a performance by David Starkey and me of a passage from “Nobody Knows Where O’Connor Went,” the last chapter of Nelson Algren’s great prose poem Chicago: City on the Make. Shortly after Loyola Press/Wild Onion published our book Smokestacks … Continue reading

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