Al Filreis

Tom Devaney teaches Williams's 'The Last Words of My English Grandmother' to high-school students


I invited Tom Devaney to teach a poem to a group of high-school juniors back in 2010. He brought with him William Carlos Williams's poem “The Last Words of My English Grandmother” because, as he told the students, he likes to hear voices in a poem and also likes to quote his own grandmother in his poems. The first nine minutes of the video are taken up with preliminaries, so if you want to skip to the discussion, move the time dial to 8:50. To watch the video, click here or anywhere on the image above. Click here to visit the PennSound page that includes all twelve of these videos — two sets of six poets each teaching one poem to high school students.

PennSound in 2005 (2)


City Paper
(Philadelphia), January 20, 2005.

PennSound in 2005

Penn Current, January 27, 2005, pp. 1, 5. Another version is here.

Mini-anthology of recent poems featured in 'Ooteoote'

The selection of 14 poems written in this decade that I created for the independent Israeli magazine of experimental poetry, Hava LeHaba, has now been reproduced and translated into Dutch by the online magazine Ooteoote

Notes toward understanding Nathaniel Mackey's 'Outer Pradesh'

“Mu,” one of Mackey’s ongoing poems, is based on the idea of giving voice to the elders of the Dogon people of central Mali. In some “Mu” sections the elders channel the souls of disgruntled dead; they bespeak the improperly buried.