Joe Weil

All Around Meaning

August 8, 2012
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Idiots wait on both sides of the fence.

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Wrestling With An Angel: Simone Weil and the “Destruction of I”

August 1, 2012
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Simone Weil’s “hell” sounds like my concept of conformity: hell is an illusion of being–appearance, semiotics, that which conforms to a construct but without true obedience.

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How Perfect Obedience Destroys: Reflections on Falstaff, the Beats, and others

July 18, 2012
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No system can endure perfection.

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Obedience Versus Conformity: Teaching and Goals

July 12, 2012
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Conformists are the gate keepers of both the establishment and anti-establishment orders.

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On Job and William Carlos Williams

July 4, 2012
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The creative power of a poet must include the possibility of arbitrary power or it serves only competence and adherence to an aesthetic.

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Reading a Tony Hoagland Poem: Inattention and Power

June 27, 2012
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We could learn much about Hoagland by seeing what he does not include, and what he does not pay attention to.

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On the way of Arete and Xenia

June 20, 2012
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Every warrior culture carries Arete and Xenia at its core. To lose contact with either and to seek no balance is the way of self destruction.

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Core Values of the Redux Movement

June 13, 2012
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This might be likened to a controlled burn.

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Redux: A Manifesto

June 6, 2012
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To be Redux is to believe in the mythos of return within the scope of the materials at hand.

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Neighborhood post-industrial as opposed to professional aesthetics

May 30, 2012
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Neighborhood aesthetics, especially in that industrial/post-industrial world, were very different.

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Fostering the Perhaps

May 23, 2012
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Error is the only reality we know, and the one thing we are least likely to forgive or admit.

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Pont-consciousness: Reading Arendt and Blake

May 9, 2012
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The genius of Blake is his playing out the location of private and public human activity to show their psychological truth and depth.

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Ponts vs. Points: A model for reading

May 2, 2012
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I was sitting on the throne a few minutes ago, reading Hannah Arendt.

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What do I mean when I call myself a Catholic poet?

April 25, 2012
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To me the only true failure, and it is an aesthetic failure more than a moral failure, is to be blind to the beauty that lies embedded in the ferocity, and merciless vitality of life itself–the risen Lord in the daily and lowly and broken sprawl of things.

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Teacher as Midwife

April 18, 2012
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You want to have an open sesame for every soul you encounter. You want something to open in them and for them, and when you are at your best, you don’t care if they ever say thank you.

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More Rhetorical Devices

April 11, 2012
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Language is often a hopeless (thank God) matter of almosts that fail to be 100 percent accurate

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