Joe Weil

On Rhetorical Devices and Their Use

April 4, 2012
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If you want to escape all rhetoric, you are out of luck.

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Teaching Poetry: Obedience vs. Conformity

March 28, 2012
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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.

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Double Contact: William Carlos Williams

March 21, 2012
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Stating the obvious is not easy.

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A Brief and Personal History of Jazz

March 14, 2012
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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.

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Poetry as Fun

March 7, 2012
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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.

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Songs That Influenced My Poetry

March 1, 2012
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My first and last love are songs.

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At National Tool

February 22, 2012
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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.

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A Grumpy Old Man Laments

February 16, 2012
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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.

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Possibility and Grace

February 8, 2012
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This is a strange story. It is liable to get me laughed at.

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Folk and Commodity, Part Two

February 1, 2012
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A true folk artist wouldn’t worry about the purity of what he was doing.

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

January 25, 2012
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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.

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Joe Weil’s Teaching the Dead

January 24, 2012
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In his inimitable fashion, Joe Weil treats the pains of life as joy and the joys of life as pain.

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Sweet Sue Terry and “Hurt Hawks”

January 18, 2012
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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.

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The Problems and Potential of Slam

January 11, 2012
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I do not hate spoken word. I hate ham acting.

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Primer on Imagery

December 19, 2011
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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.

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Disabilty as talent: The perfection of the broken

December 14, 2011
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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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