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Georg Trakl in Plato’s Republic

by Joe Weil Poetry and Poetics
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Poetry, like music, like dance, might be defined as the precision of ecstasy, and the ecstasy of precision, an ecstatic precision, and measured ecstasy.

Lists and Parataxis: A primer for those who want it

by Joe Weil Poetry and Poetics
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Whitman has more listings than an anal retentive suburbanite.

A Primer on Writing and Imagery (for those who want it)

by Joe Weil The Other
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You will hear in workshops: “Show, don’t tell,” but that’s a bunch of malarkey. It should be: “Show what tells.”

What Is This Thing Called Free Verse? (A primer for those who want it)

by Joe Weil Poetry and Poetics
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Poets want to get away with murder.

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.

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.

How to Edit Poems in a Workshop (Towards a Different Kind of Workshop, Part III)

by Joe Weil Poetry and Poetics
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Break up into groups, something they love to do now-a-days: Line/space coach, image/word choice coach, rhythm/syntax coach, and meaning/subtext coach.