In these new poems, Weil turns from his past narrative voice to a lyric one, but maintains all the passion and compassion found in his previous work. As he confronts the world's absurdities, he sings with one part Jeremiad and one part praise. At times he transforms humor into vision, at others, he transforms rage into gratitude. In all of it, he shows himself to be among the vital poet-prophets of our time. -Michael T. Young A Night in Duluth holds forthright yet unexpected meditations on the pervasiveness of poverty, grief, and power, how each one comes back in startling instances and clings to one's memories. Weil's poems here are tender and honest about the profanities of life that outweigh the smallness of four-letter words, and in spite of the weight, he still finds grace and joy. -Tara Betts At the end of the poem "Dialing the Light," the narrator's boots are "half sinking in the mud" and he offers praise. This is Joe Weil's song-born between two worlds, but ascending to the higher one. Half in the earth, half in the sky: the narrative aspects of these poems account for their physicality; the spirit is what makes them lyric. Full of curses and blessings, this book might be the place where the tight, musical skepticism of Adrian Louis meets Baudelaire's insistent search for a beauty that is changing, influenced by the industry around him. Between rooms of anger and hope, this book is a door shutting out the injurious while opening to the reader who is looking for comradery in the struggle. Joe Weil's poetry is full of benedictions willing to put up a fight. -BJ Ward
Joe Weil is an assistant professor at Binghamton University. His reviews, essays, poems and short stories have appeared in numerous literary magazines. He has four full-length collections of poetry; his latest collection of poems is The Great Grandmother Light 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.