Daily poem: Joe Weil on peace, from Dodge ‘Poetry & Democracy’ in Morristown

Joe Weil gives reading at 'Poetry & Democracy,' presented in Morristown by the Dodge Poetry Program, March 23, 2019. Photo by Kevin Coughlin
Joe Weil gives a reading at 'Poetry & Democracy,' presented in Morristown by the Dodge Poetry Program, March 23, 2019. Photo by Kevin Coughlin


Violence won’t bring peace.

Yet “peace can’t be had…without ferocity,” observed Joe Weil, before reciting Fire Birds at St. Peter’s Episcopal Church in Morristown for Poetry & Democracy, presented by the Dodge Poetry Program on March 23, 2019.

Weil’s session, In Praise: A Hundred Ways to Kneel and Kiss the Earth, featured reflections on gratitude and our common humanity, by eight poets and the musical trio The Parkington Sisters.

Video: Joe Weil at ‘Poetry & Democracy’ in Morristown:

The poet formerly worked for schools in Paterson and in Middlesex County. Here’s more about Weil, from Dodge:

Joe Weil is an associate professor in the creative writing department at Binghamton University. For many years, he was active in New Jersey as a host of reading series at both Baron Art Center in Woodbridge and the Sumei Multidisciplinary Art Center in Newark. Weil worked with the Geraldine. R. Dodge Poetry program as a Poet in the Schools and Festival Poet, as well as in the Paterson school system and as an instructor for Arts High School in Middlesex County. He now makes his home in Binghamton, New York with his wife, poet Emily Vogel, and his two children, Gabriel and Clare. His most recent books are A Night In Duluth (2016) and The Great Grandmother Light (2013).

Featured poets were Janet Aalfs, Jan Beatty, Reginald Dwayne Betts, Cortney Lamar Charleston, Catherine Doty, Rigoberto González, Joe Weil, and Rachel Wiley.

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