Poetry. THE BACKWARDS YEAR collects poems written between June 2018 back to June 2017, more or less, in reverse order and juxtaposes the poet's childhood with love poems for his own neural atypical children, Clare and Gabriel. The book returns to childhood in some of its rhyming poems, but also by exploring the dark spaces where childhood is a kind of fevered dream that keeps informing and shaping the present. This is the most reflective and meditative book Weil has written yet.
Joe Weil is an Associate Professor at Binghamton University and a former tool grinder and union activist whose poems, stories, essays, quotations, interviews, and reviews have appeared in Onthebus, Poet Lore, Rattle, The Boston Review, Chicago Quarterly, Louisiana Review, Paterson Literary Review, Omniverse, Best American Poems Online, The New York Times, Verse Daily, and on the websites for the Geraldine R. Dodge Foundation. He is also widely anthologized, and his poems have been translated into Italian, Hungarian, Spanish, and Korean. He is the author of THE BACKWARDS YEAR (NYQ Books, 2020), A NIGHT IN DULUTH (NYQ Books, 2016), THE GREAT GRANDMOTHER LIGHT (NYQ Books, 2013), and THE PLUMBER'S APPRENTICE (NYQ Books, 2009). Weil has been featured on Pacifica Radio as well as on PBS and considers himself a performance artist who often combines poetry with story telling and music. He makes his home in Binghamton with his wife, the poet, Emily Vogel, and their two children, Clare and Gabriel.Author City: BINGHAMTON, NY USA