Performance poet visits Enfield Public Library

By Kim Gorman - ReminderNews
Enfield - posted Tue., Jan. 17, 2012
Poet Andy Weil performs during his 'Poetry With a Touch of Midlife Insanity' program at the Enfield Public Library.
Poet Andy Weil performs during his 'Poetry With a Touch of Midlife Insanity' program at the Enfield Public Library.

Most people don’t associate poetry with toilet paper, sinus problems, or Tiger Woods, but these are exactly the topics poet Andy Weil tackled during his performance on Jan. 9 at the Enfield Public Library.  His program, “Poetry With a Touch of Midlife Insanity,” drew laughter and applause from audience members with its artistic, often comedic spin on everyday life.

“On a Roll” addressed the propensity that people have to stock up on items such as toilet paper prior to a major storm. “The Sinus Song,” which Weil performed to the tune of “My Favorite Things” from "The Sound of Music," laments the difficulties of living with sinus problems.

The performance turned political when Weil recited “Tiger,” modeled after William Blake’s poem, “The Tyger.” Weil’s version is a commentary on the disgust he feels over famous people’s infidelity making front page news when there are so many other problems facing the world.

“Apparently, it’s not enough to have it all,” he said.

Two years ago, Weil’s poetic life took a new twist when he performed at the assisted living facility where his mother lives, per her request. She was tired of the standard programs that were being offered.

Since then, Weil has worked with hundreds of senior citizens throughout Connecticut in a program he developed called, “Senior Voices: Expressing Yourself Through Poetry.” The “no rules” policy he established is designed to make the writing process less intimidating to participants. If they simply want to come to listen and observe other writers, they can.

“Everybody ends up writing – for some, it takes a half a year,” he said.

Weil began writing poetry when he was 7 years old as a way to work through what he referred to as “epiphanies.” He takes experiences that strike him as sad, happy or any number of emotions and does something about it. For him, the creative process is about being present.

“De-coding yourself and being present – to a memory and to all emotion – that is where this all emanates from,” he said.

A self-proclaimed “certified die-hard cynic,” Weil nevertheless has an optimistic message for people: “There is a poem in you, I can guarantee it.”

The Enfield Public Library hosts a variety of events that are free and open to the public. For information call 860-763-7557.

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