Originally Published: October 13th, 2009

Melissa Friedling is a filmmaker, a writer, and an educator. She earned her PhD from the University of Iowa. Her work has been exhibited widely in galleries and museums, including MoMA PS1 and the Athens Institute for Contemporary Art, and in numerous international festivals. Her writing on film, art, and...

  1. October 13, 2009
     John Oliver Simon

    Hurray for Nicolas! He's a shining star! Where are you working with him?\r

    Here's eioghth-grader Darien Crecy's Blue poem:\r

    BLUE\r

    blue is a feeling I feel when I can’t express myself\r
    because of the shell that holds me tight inside.\r
    I want to get out and let the real me inside this shell,\r
    this blue, blue shell, get out\r
    but somehow I cannot escape.\r
    I cannot find the key.\r
    It is in the meadow of life\r
    lost in the grass somewhere.\r
    Nobody would understand me.\r
    If they could, would they be able to help?\r
    Only I know where the key is\r
    yet I cannot find it.\r
    Until I do, I will have to stay inside this shell\r
    this blue, blue shell.

  2. October 13, 2009
     Melissa

    Nicolas was outside the Brooklyn Museum. First we asked his mom the question, "what is poetry?" She told us we should really ask her son because he was the writer (mom was sitting about 100 feet away from Nicolas to give him space to learn to skateboard from the older kids). He is a real superstar.