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Thomas Devaney


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Appearances on PoemTalk

PoemTalk Podcast #61, Discussing Bill Berkson's "Signature Song," January 10, 2013

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PoemTalk Podcast #51, Discussing Linh Dinh's "Eating Fried Chicken"

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PoemTalk Podcast #48, Discussing Edgar Allan Poe's "Dream-Land," December 19, 2011

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PoemTalk Podcast #29, Discussing Kit Robinson's "Return on Word," March 3, 2010

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PoemTalk Podcast #23, Discussing Corman's "Enuresis," October 5, 2009

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PoemTalk Podcast #15, Discussing Lyn Hejinian's "constant change figures," March 9, 2009

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PoemTalk Podcast #9, Discussing John Ashbery's "Crossroads in the Past," August 13, 2008

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PennSound Podcast #3: Tom Devaney's Featured Poems

Complete recording (23:00): MP3


MLA Offsite Reading, Philadelphia, January 6, 2017

Complete reading (5:06): MP3

Reading at the Kelly Writers House with Joe Massey, April 1, 2015


Devaney reads "Groundwork," a poem from Runaway Goat Cart.

On Cid Corman: A Celebratory Reading, Kelly Writers House, September 16, 2014

Thomas Devaney on Cid Corman (6:06): MP3

The Beat Poets: A Conversation with Philadelphia Writers, KWH, March 17, 2014

With Frank Sherlock, Michelle Taransky, Maria Raha, and Chris McCreary.

Complete recording (1:01:15): MP3

Recording for Dia's Readings in Contemporary Poetry, November 18, 2013

Complete recording available here.

Featured book collaboration with photographer Will Brown on WHYY TV-12's "Friday Arts" program, October 2012

Rachel Blau DuPlessis Celebration, Temple University, October 21, 2011

  • Complete reading (6:38): MP3

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Reading on The Life of Poetry on WHYY-FM Philadelphia, April 4, 2010

  • Sonnet (2:45): MP3
  • After reading "Sonnet" Devaney discusses how he wrote the poem on a napkin for a friend after reading many sonnets.

  • Burning the Bear Suit (3:19): MP3
  • After reading "Burning the Bear Suit" Devaney describes how the poem deals with being a kid and having youthful creativity.

MLA Off-Site Reading at the Rotunda, Philadelphia, December 29, 2009

  • Complete reading (2:37): MP3

Reading for LIVE at the Writers House, Episode 71, University of Pennsylvania, September 22, 2008

  • Introduction (1:31): MP3
  • Complete reading (9:16): MP3

Book release party for A Series of Small Boxes at the Kelly Writers House, September 26, 2007

  1. introduction (4:50): MP3
  2. Industry and New Clothes (1:51): MP3
  3. One Hour October (0:52): MP3
  4. William James and the Giant Peach (2:32): MP3
  5. Sonnet (1:19): MP3
  6. Origami Headphones (4:58): MP3
  7. Obi-Wan Kenobe (1:38): MP3
  8. The Thousand Year Storm (1:16): MP3
  9. Poem (2:52): MP3
  • Complete reading (23:56): MP3

Reading at the Kelly Writers House, April 4, 2007 with John Coletti

Complete reading with introduction by Julia Bloch (49:31): MP3

Reading from Letters to Ernesto Neto at the Kelly Writers House, January 27, 2005

  1. First Letter (1:14): MP3
  2. Second Letter (1:31): MP3
  3. Third Letter (0:47): MP3
  4. Fourth Letter (3:03): MP3
  5. Fifth Letter (1:26): MP3
  6. Sixth Letter (0:48): MP3
  7. Seventh Letter (0:42): MP3
  8. Eighth Letter (1:04): MP3
  9. Ninth Letter (2:45): MP3
  10. Tenth Letter (1:06): MP3
  11. Eleventh Letter (1:16): MP3
  12. Twelfth Letter (3:29): MP3

From Frequency Audio Journal, First Issue, 2004

The Rat and the Flowerpot (1:01): MP3

Poetry and Empire: Post-Invasion Poetics, KWH and ICA, UPenn, October 17-18, 2003

  • Friday, October 17, 2003, reading Origami Headphones (5:10): MP3
  • Saturday, October 18, 2003 reading (4:28): MP3

Reading for LIVE at the Writers House, Episode 42, University of Pennsylvania, September 29, 2003

  1. Not a Ralph (0:43): MP3
  2. Obi Wan Kenobi (1:46): MP3
  3. Trying to Live as if it Were Morning (2:48): MP3
  4. They're Fighting in Atlantic City, in Atlantic City (1:23): MP3

The Philly Sound Weekend reading at the Kelly Writers House, University of Pennsylvania, August 9, 2003

  1. Trying to Live As If It Were Morning (2:59): MP3
  2. A free for all ends at AC airport (2:30): MP3
  3. The Stink of Nothing (3:52): MP3
  4. Frog Song (1:33): MP3

Three Philadelphia Poets (with Gil Ott and Jessica Lowenthal) at the Kelly Writers House, April 3, 2003

Complete recording (bad audio) (1:06:18): MP3

Reading on The Line Reading Series, January 28, 2003

Complete reading (24:47): MP3

At the "Finding the Words" post-9/11 program, November 7, 2001

Fireman's Song (1:04): MP3

Reading at the Kelly Writers House, February 7, 2000

Poems from The American Pragmatist Fell in Love (Banshee Press, 1999)

  1. "The American Pragmatist Fell in Love" (1:27): MP3
  2. "Obi-Wan Kenobi" (1:53): MP3
  3. "Sonnet" (0:53): MP3
  4. "More than usual state of motion, with more than usual order" (2:09): MP3
  5. "The Heartbeat of America Makes Its Own Gravy" (1:27): MP3
  6. "Everyone I know" (1:27): MP3
  7. "Sunday Big Movie Sonnet" (1:20): MP3
  8. "Getting to Philadelphia" (3:55): MP3
  9. "Kill-Spray" (3:45): MP3

Segue Series Reading at Double Happiness, March 18, 2000

  1. introduction (4:15): MP3
  2. Bag Pipes (1:29): MP3
  3. Mr. Glinting as Seen Off the Atlantic Seaboard (1:54): MP3
  4. How Do You Say "Funky Chicken" in Spanish, Poppy? (0:47): MP3
  5. More Than Usual State of Motion With More Than Usual Border (2:10): MP3
  6. At and Near the Georgia Guidestone (1:56): MP3
  7. Everyone I Know (1:44): MP3
  8. No One I Know and the Tree (1:19): MP3
  9. When Things Shake (1:02): MP3
  10. Trying To Live As If It Were Morning (3:28): MP3
  11. This Blues is Bullshit (5:53): MP3
  12. Bee Beard Sonnet (1:27): MP3
  13. The American Pragmatist Fell in Love (1:32): MP3
Complete reading (33:50): MP3

Reading for LIVE at the Writers House, Episode 13, University of Pennsylvania, February 8, 1999

  1. No One I Know and the Tree (1:24): MP3
  2. Obi Wan Kenobe (1:41): MP3
  3. Sonnet (0:54): MP3
  4. The Heartbeat of America Makes Its Own Gravity (1:21): MP3

Also on PennSound

from Six Poets Each Teach One Short Poem to High School Students at the Kelly Writers House, May 12 2009

  • Thomas Devaney teaches a Basho haiku and John Ashbery's "37 Haiku" [ PDF] (21:51): MP3, QuickTime

from A Celebration of George Oppen's 100th Birthday at the Kelly Writers House, April 7, 2008

  • Introduction (4:45): MP3
  • on Mary Oppen's Meaning A Life (14:48): MP3

Thomas Devaney on PennSound Daily

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