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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.

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.

How to Ransack a Poem for Parts, Part II

by Joe Weil Poetry and Poetics
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Voice cannot be ransacked because true voice, unlike tone, may be inconsistent within its range of indicators. The ability to play a modulating voice against a consistent tone is a deep mystery of poetics—especially of what we might call the conversational poem.