One way to read Pregrets is to embrace the staggering aggerate implications of its granular glimpses.
From my poem “Raccoon”
I didn’t know the strength of a city raccoon,
which busted out through my chest,
escaped down the side street.
Wild eyes of the raccoon’s lightning,
lighting up reflectors from here
to Water Street.
Though the city ultimately hosted over two million people, the 1976 Bicentennial in Philadelphia suffered from overblown expectations. In the wake of the Vietnam War and complicated by the provincial policies of a controversial mayor Frank Rizzo, the celebrations represented the promise of redeeming the economically troubled city. But it laid bare some pressing questions of America’s national identity. This film charts the struggles behind years of planning as it also spotlights the city as a place of resilient communal activity.
Directed by Thomas Devaney, Matthew Suib, and Aaron Igler. Produced by Haverford College’s Hurford Center/VCAM DocuLab Program and Greenhouse Media.
We believe in the front stoop.
We believe in banging pots and pans and honking horns.
We believe that in the heat of day shadows come back.
I am grateful that a part of my own new beginnings overlapped with a part of the city discovering itself, a part that continues to thrive.
Poem “When You Were Blessed” by Thomas Devaney and video in the Healing Verse Poetry Line series
Funding the arts, Philly arts, Thomas Devaney, Sarah McEneaney, Shira Walinsky, Tu Huynh, Louis Massiah, Karyn Olivier, Office of Arts, Culture and the Creative Economy
Poetry Reading w/ Thomas Devaney & Anne-Adele Wight, Saturday May 11th at The Penn Book Center
Herman and Thomas at State Street — Thursday March 21, 2019 7 pm
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