Yes, every artist is the product of his emotions, his cultural zeitgeist and is an exception to conventional notions of normalcy. Completely immersed in his craft and in love with his artistic expression – whatever that may be.
While William Weber is one such artist, getting to know his work means understanding, on a fundamental level, that he is so much more than is poetry.
He is his music, he is his love for words and he is his love for Folklore.
“I didn’t always know I wanted to be a poet. I initially wanted to be a musician,” says Weber when asked about his origin story.
“I first asked my parents for piano lessons when I was 12, and pursued music theory in college. I started off studying Bach and Chopin, and then became more inspired by the 60’s acid rock and how they experimented with sounds.”
Still, a musician today, Webber is all set to perform a spoken word/psychedelic -auditory exploration album this year.
When it comes to his affinity to folklore, Weber draws from a latent appreciation for myths, legends and their ability to permeate cultural constructs with ease.
“I am curious as to why these stories come about and persist in different cultures. What are the truths behind these stories and what are their useful lies,” he adds.
While his musical inspirations may be constantly evolving, Weber’s love for poetry stems from a basic appreciation for words and the love story they share with emotions.
But there’s a catch. While most poets express poetry for another or the world around them, Weber writes about himself. While this may seem narcissistic, it is important to note that every artist needs a reference point. Something or someone he knows completely. Who better than himself? All of your strengths revered, all of your flaws acknowledged, all of your vulnerabilities understood.
He may call work ‘pretentious children’s poetry’ or ‘Garbled masses of icky stuff,’ this is a poet who hasn’t definitively landed on a label for himself, yet.
“All I knew for sure was, I wanted to say things that were otherwise difficult for me to express in music. I wanted a deeper intellectual exercise that didn’t lose all of its heart. That’s why I chose poetry.”
With regards to his writing styles, Webber picks one theme/word and breaks it apart in order to give you a piece of poetry that is beautiful and unique. but it is a take that he cannot take complete credit for.
“I know that the way I pick apart things is definitely more influenced by English poets and writers of The Renaissance than modern day counterparts. So it tends to feel more decadent, adds Webber.”
While his skills are quite exceptional, for Webber the poet, they are far from perfect!
Some his biggest challenges as a poet today, are ones that most poets face.
“Staying true to himself and his original inspirations without letting the monetary hiccups turn into a distraction.
For me, being judged by that audience was not really my concern. I am going to keep writing what I want to write, and hopefully in 60 years I will be that old man who lives alone, is sad, and has mildly amusing quirks.”
Whether you’re a fan of his work or not, William Webber is a poet and an artist who does not shy away from who he is and what his art-form stands for. Perhaps, it is this unapologetic approach to poetry that nurtures a free flow of expression that Weber is most fluent with.
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