Talking to Bill Berkson was one of the great pleasures of my life. The following is an excerpt of a longer interview I recorded at his home in San Francisco in March 2015. There was always stirring sense in the conversation with Berkson that the arts are relevant to how a life can be lived.
Thomas Devaney is the author of A Series of Small Boxes (Fish Drum) and The American Pragmatist Fell in Love (Banshee Press). He is the editor of ONandOnScreen (poems + videos).
Thomas Devaney is the author of The Picture That Remains (The Print Center of Philadelphia) and the nonfiction book Letters to Ernesto Neto (Germ Folios). He is the editor of ONandOnScreen, an e-journal featuring poems and videos.
Thomas Devaney is a poet who lives in Philadelphia. He is the author of Runaway Goat Cart (Hanging Loose Press, 2015), the solo-opera Calamity Jane (Furniture Press Books, 2014), The Picture that Remains with photographer Will Brown (The Print Center, 2014), Letters to Ernesto Neto (Germ Folios, 2005), and The American Pragmatist Fell in Love (Banshee Press, 1999). Projects with the Institute of Contemporary Art include, “Tales from the 215,” for Zoe Strauss’s “Philadelphia Freedom” and “The Empty House,” at the Edgar Allan Poe House for The Big Nothing.