Every artist is a beautiful mixture of ifs and maybes. An unpredictable whirlpool of emotion that’s desperately looking or an outlet that he needn’t necessarily smoke, drink or snort. An outlet that lets his expressions and artistic emotions live forever and be perceived and absorbed differently for generations to come.
At his core, every artist is this. He is the product of his time, a reflection of his spirit and exception to ordinary reservations. Completely immersed in the impact of his art and in absolute love of artistic expression.
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, 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, Weber is all set to do a spoken work/psychedelic auditory exploration album this year.
When it comes to his affinity to folklore, Mr Weber draws from an unperturbed latent appreciation for myths, legends and their ability to permeate various 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, Mr 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 a quantifiable other, Weber writes about himself. At first thought, this may seem narcissistic, but when you think about it- the idea of drawing inspiration from yourself and writing you is anything but.
You see every artist needs a reference point. Something or someone he knows completely. Who better than himself? All l 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, Weber 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 Weber.”
While his skills are quite exceptional, for William Weber the poet- they are far from perfect! Some his biggest challenges as a poet today, are ones that most poets face:
1. staying true to himself and his original inspirations without letting the monetary hiccups turn into a distraction.
2. Not letting those on social media judge your work to the point of letting it consume you.
“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 Weber 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 nature that nurtures a free flow of expression that Weber is most fluent with.
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