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Friday, June 08, 2012
Friday, January 27, 2012
ONandOnScreen poems + videos WINTER 2012
is pleased to announce its
fifth issue WINTER 2012.
Featuring Joanna Fuhrman, Jena Osman, Farid Matuk, Cara Baldwin, Wayne Kosetenbaum, Catherine Wagner, David Lehman, Kevin Killian, Matt Hart, Jared Stanley, Gabie Strong, Lytle Shaw, Leonard Gontarek, Adam Fitzgerald, Chris Girard, Mark So.
With bonus videos by Zoe Strauss, Emma Cocker,
Brendan Lorber, and mIEKAL aND.
ONandOnScreen is that conversation between moving words and moving images, on and on.
Edgar Allan Poe's "Dream-Land" on PoemTalk with McGann, Devaney, Timpane, & Filreis
Edgar Allan Poe, "Dream-Land"
Hosted by Al Filreis
and Thomas Devaney
PoemTalk is a podcast series co-published
at the Poetry Foundation and Jacket2.
By a route obscure and lonely,
Haunted by ill angels only,
Where an Eidolon, named NIGHT,
On a black throne reigns upright,
I have reached these lands but newly
From an ultimate dim Thule—
From a wild clime that lieth, sublime,
Out of SPACE— out of TIME.
To read the full text of the poem and listen to the podcast click here: Ill, Angelic Poetics (PoemTalk #48)
Friday, January 13, 2012
OREGON AVE two photos by Zoe Struass and poem by Thomas Devaney
for Zoe Strauss
You can’t find a place to smoke anymore
Ro says, smoking and rifling
through her handbag looking for a number.
She sits in the backseat with Meg.
They’re not singing.
The ballgame’s on inside
the game is always on.
Actually, sometimes they do sing.
What year is the car, a ‘98?
A Ford? A Focus?
They always tip too.
There is dust, always; and terrible dirt;
but if that’s what you see you’re hardly looking.
They believe in the front stoop.
They believe the back of the Ford.
They believe that in the heat of day
shadows come back.
The trashcan on fire says things are hotting up.
The street’s a mix, water, water ice, LIVE CRABS,
jumbo jets, fire crackers.
Summer days are huge and often overlap late into fall.
Seriously, when you have a good spot, why move the car?
Labels: Photographs by Zoe Strauss
Tuesday, December 06, 2011
Our Emily Dickinson the blog and article
OUR EMILY DICKINSON the blog
The Our Emily Dickinson blog features a selection of work of students from Thomas Devaney’s Introduction to Creative Writing Poetry at
An article about the project:
Emily Dickinson Inspires Class of New Poets
Friday, December 02, 2011
A poem after photo by Zoe Strauss at BOMBlog
Wednesday, November 30, 2011
HOW WILL I FIND YOU?
HOW WILL I FIND YOU?
I AM WEARING A RED HAT SHE SAID.
I SAID OK—I'LL LOOK FOR YOU.
EACH RED HAT I SAW I SAW YOU.
THOSE HATS STOPPED ME.
AND MORE RED HATS.
YOU TEXTED I'M LATE.
YOU TEXTED I’M HERE NOW.
IT WAS WET, BUT NOT RAINING.
I AM HERE, I'M HERE YOU SAID.
STILL I COULDN'T SEE YOU.
A MAN TOLD ME TO GET JOB, YOU SAID.
AND WHAT DID YOU SAY?
JOBS COME AND GO BUT I HAVE SOMETHING ELSE TO DO,
THE WORK WE ARE IN.
IT IS GREAT AND IT IS REAL.
BUT IS IT ENOUGH?
YES IT IS.
BUT NO, IT ISN'T.
AND THEN ENOUGH, ENOUGH
COMING DOWN THE STREET.
Poem published at OCCUPY WRITERS. Photo by Brendan Lorber.
Tuesday, November 22, 2011
Louis McKee 1951-2011
GE Reutter asked me for a quote about Louis McKee for his obituary -- below is part of my comment about Lou:
"McKee was a poet who was able to capture the unexpected music of his working class Irish-Catholic world. Lou was mightily modest and mightily proud. He had a great ear and a great eye, but above all, he had a great heart.”
Read GE Reutter's full OBIT of Louis McKee at Northeast Philly.com
Louis McKee (born July 31, 1951, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania) has been a fixture of the Philadelphia poetry scene since the early 70s. He is the author of Schuylkill County (Wampeter, 1982), The True Speed of Things (Slash & Burn, 1984), and fourteen other collections, including River Architecture: Poems from Here & There 1973-1993 (Cynic, 1999), Loose Change (Marsh River Editions, 2001), and a volume in the Pudding House Greatest Hits series.
Naomi Shihab Nye says, "Louis McKee is one of the truest hearts and voices in poetry we will ever be lucky to know."
McKee was a longtime editor of the Painted Bride Quarterly. During his tenure, he edited three special issues, celebrating the work of Etheridge Knight and John Logan, as well as a retrospective, 20th-anniversary volume of the PBQ. He was the publisher of Banshee Press and the magazine One Trick Pony.
Wednesday, November 16, 2011
Our Emily Dickinson — a reading Nov 17th
A Reading of Poetry by and inspired by Emily Dickinson
November 17, 8:00PM
Woodside Cottage Meditation Room
for more information see program link above.
Tuesday, October 18, 2011
Rachel Blau DuPlessis Conference at Temple University OCT 21, 2011
Rachel Blau DuPlessis,
Bob Perelman, Libbie Rifkin, Eric Keenaghan, Ron Silliman, Jena Osman, Brian Teare, and readings by alumni and members of the Philadelphia poetry community: Holly Bittner, CA Conrad,
Thomas Devaney, Sarah Dowling, Ryan Eckes, Lucia Gbaya-Kanga, Pattie McCarthy, Michelle Taransky, Heather Thomas, Kevin Varrone.
1810 Liacouras Walk -Temple University, Main Campus
Tuesday, August 30, 2011
New poems & an interivew with Bill Berkson in ZOLAND POETRY
That the critic and the poet should be the same person is not a surprise when it comes to the work of Bill Berkson. Both activities have fruitfully informed each other in the over five decades that comprise the poems in his new and selected Portrait and Dream (Coffee House Press, 2009). But what is surprising is how each poem and each essay continue to be so distinctively and affectionately rendered. In his “Critical Reflections” Berkson writes that he’s interested in “communicating the spontaneously dense, specific and often paradoxical events of consciousness in the face of contemporary works,” and that he desires “to tell the polymorphous story of the thing.”
Haverford grad Eve Gleichman wins Stony Brook Fiction Prize
Congratulations to Eve Gleichman for winning this year's Stony Brook Short Fiction Contest.
I am quoted about the prize and Gleichman's fiction below:
"Eve uses a minimal prose style to a quirky maximal effect... There is feeling of saturation via consumerism, brand names, and so-called 'new realities,' which are all matter-of-factly handled... Eve’s characters yearn for escape, yet they continue to perpetuate their own loneliness."
See articles on Gleichman here: Haverford College News
and The Village Patch
Philip Levine named U.S. Poet Laureate
The Philadelphia Inquirer quotes me on Philip Levine:
Tough yet tender poet
is new U.S. laureate
August 11, 2011
By John Timpane,
Inquirer Staff Writer
Here is the paragraph from Timpane's article and my quote:
Sunday, June 12, 2011
Harriet & the Poetry Foundation on ONandOnScreen's BOMB issue!
Thursday, June 09, 2011
ONandOnScreen Summer 2011 | BOMB Issue!
Issue 4 | SUMMER 2011
ONandOnScreen is pleased to partner with BOMB Magazine on our summer issue, in a convergence of our shared projects exploring text and images.
Each week BOMBlog will highlight a new poem and video selection.
With work by:
Rosanna Bruno & Jeanine Oleson
Kyle Schlesinger & Scott Stark
Jeannie Simms, Fiona Ng, Susie Hu & Miles
Thursday, April 21, 2011
Thomas Devaney at PHILA POETRY FESTIVAL & the ICA's LAUNDRY BOAT APRIL 23, 2011
Saturday April 23, 2011
Main Auditorium of Central Library
Parkway Central Free Library
1901 Vine Street
Admission is Free
The Festival runs from 12-5 PM
- and -
A Toast at the ICA
April 23, 2011
Thomas Devaney will make a toast
in honor of the Bateau Lavior
at 4:30 pm
Following the toast
Matthew Buckingham will present
Navigate the Streams:
From the Seine to the Hudson
In conjunction with the city-wide
Philadelphia International Festival of the Arts (PIFA).
Institute of Contemporary Art
University of Pennsylvania
118 S. 36th Street, Philadelphia, PA 19104
Monday, April 18, 2011
On Ross Gay's Bringing the Shovel Down
Wednesday, March 30, 2011
La Belle Époch: Poetry from the Banquet Years
La Belle Epoch: Poetry from the Banquet Years
Thursday, April 14, 2011 at 6:00PM
Skyline Room | Admission is FREE
The Free Library and the city-wide the Philadelphia International Festival of the Arts (PIFA) present a lively evening of French poetry hosted by poet Thomas Devaney.
Local literary luminaries and Francophiles shine a spotlight on poetry in fin de siècle and early 20th century Paris with readings from Rimbaud, Verlaine, Mallarmé, Valéry, Apollinaire, Stein, Jacob, Cendrars, Reverdy, Desnos, among others. Readers at the event will include Marcella Durand, Daniele Thomas Easton, Sueyeun Juliette Lee, Maud McInerney, Elizabeth Scanlon, Laura Spagnoli, and Seth Whidden.
Labels: photos by hassen saker
Thursday, March 17, 2011
For My Irish American Family | The Philadelphia Inquirer first published March 17, 2002