Joe Weil

On Rhetorical Devices and Their Use

by Joe Weil Poetry and Poetics
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If you want to escape all rhetoric, you are out of luck.

Teaching Poetry: Obedience vs. Conformity

by Joe Weil Poetry and Poetics
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We must teach our students to reinvent the wheel over and over again, to go back to origins and test them.

Double Contact: William Carlos Williams

by Joe Weil Poetry and Poetics
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Stating the obvious is not easy.

A Brief and Personal History of Jazz

by Joe Weil Arts & Society
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No truly musical ear is ever pure. It steals freely and often, and this is where blues, jazz, and, later, rap comes into conflict with middle class ideas of property values.

Poetry as Fun

by Joe Weil Poetry and Poetics
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Most poetry, before the 20th century was meant to be relational. Modernism and post-modernism decided to disconnect from this relational dynamic.

Songs That Influenced My Poetry

by Joe Weil Poetry and Poetics
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My first and last love are songs.

At National Tool

by Joe Weil Society
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Ideas are never as important as appearances and narratives. The groove of the story can outlast any series of good ideas, and no idea stands a chance unless it can find a groove.

A Grumpy Old Man Laments

by Joe Weil Poetry and Poetics
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I am a “mutt,” a cut up, a clown. Clowns are trained to run the emotional registers from funny to sad, from sublime to raunchy. Clowns believe that these mixed registers provide the ontological truth of existing.

Possibility and Grace

by Joe Weil Society
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This is a strange story. It is liable to get me laughed at.

Folk and Commodity, Part Two

by Joe Weil Poetry and Poetics
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A true folk artist wouldn’t worry about the purity of what he was doing.

On the differences between folk and commodity art, as per slam and academia

by Joe Weil Poetry and Poetics
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I read Williams the same way I read vampire comics: for pleasure and for the purposes of theft. This is the folk art way, and it survives commodity art even when it is packaged and sold.

Joe Weil’s Teaching the Dead

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In his inimitable fashion, Joe Weil treats the pains of life as joy and the joys of life as pain.

Sweet Sue Terry and “Hurt Hawks”

by Joe Weil Arts & Society
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At one point, I made a very precarious living playing piano in a couple bars, one of which was run by a coke fiend who had a driver pick me up for the gig three times a week.

The Problems and Potential of Slam

by Joe Weil Poetry and Poetics
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I do not hate spoken word. I hate ham acting.

Primer on Imagery

by Joe Weil Poetry and Poetics
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Before Modernism, most poetry told, with showing as merely a form of decoration. Either that, or poetry sought a synthesis between showing and telling where the showing told and the telling showed.

Disabilty as talent: The perfection of the broken

by Joe Weil Society
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I have an older brain damaged brother, Peter. In 1953, a small pox vaccination failed to localize and shot up to his brain.

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