Poetry. A NIGHT IN DULUTH is an uncertain and often tongue-in-cheek dream in which the voice of the poet makes due, speaks to what is both lost and found—to the confusion of being in an American oligarchy where poverty is growing as fast as private prisons and every bowl of soup is likely to contain a fly. Weil imagines this Duluth as a sort of dark night of the soul in which hope and cynicism can be erased as easily as grease paint from the face of a performer. There are moments of tenderness and respite, but the surreal presence of the dead informs almost all the poems and the idea of pratfall, and dead pan, the acts of making due in a diminished life and surviving by a kind of comic-tragic shtick is all pervasive. Weil considers this his most difficult and honest book. It is a puppet theater in which most of the audience is comprised of ghosts.
Joe Weil is an assistant professor at Binghamton University. His reviews, essays, poems and short stories have appeared in Paterson Literary Review, The Literati Quarterly, Rattle, Barnstorm, Blue Collar Review, Lips, The Boston Review, North American Review, Omniverse, New York Times, New York Quarterly, The Louisiana Review, The Saranac Review, and Chicago Quarterly Review, among many others. He has five full-length collections of poetry; his latest collection of poems is A NIGHT IN DULUTH (2016) published by NYQ Books. In 2013 he was the recipient of the People's Poetry Award by Partisan Press. Joe Weil co-founded Monk books with Bianca Stone and Adam Fitzgerald. He has since created Cat in the Sun books with his wife Emily Vogel. Having grown up in Elizabeth, New Jersey, Weil now lives in Binghamton with Emily and two small children, Clare and Gabriel.Author City: BINGHAMTON, NY USA