Originally Published: November 11th, 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. November 12, 2009

    Yes again, Melissa Friedling. I can go with this vendor's definition. Poetry is an elegant way of expressing deep thoughts. It works for me.\r


  2. November 12, 2009

    This question, what is poetry, is so difficult to answer. You can see people struggle with it in front of the camera. It makes me uncomfortable sometimes to witness it. But in my opinion, people wind up making up a kind of live poetry as they struggle to answer.

  3. November 12, 2009

    It is a difficult question, but the answers so far are all pretty easy. I would love to see someone really rise to the challenge of the question. Or, honestly, I would love to see someone just say, "What is poetry? It's bullshit."

  4. November 12, 2009
     Gary B. Fitzgerald


    I never read poetry; can't stand the stuff\r
    and who could blame me?\r
    The bad ones make me gnash my teeth\r
    and the good ones only shame me.\r

    Copyright 2008 - HARDWOOD-77 Poems, Gary B. Fitzgerald

  5. November 12, 2009

    I didn't see this gentleman struggle at all. He seemed very clear, and eloquent.

  6. November 12, 2009
     John Oliver Simon

    Un paisaje... un puesto de sol... and all the time, Tomas's elotes (ears of corn) are gently toasting (perhaps by Central Park, not far from the Zoo)... ¡Que vivan las canciones románticas!

  7. November 12, 2009

    I guess Incognito is right. Tomas seems pretty clear compared to some of the others. Heck, I don't know what I'd say in response to the question, and I guess I was just projecting my own anxiety onto him.

  8. November 13, 2009

    special thanks to Juan David Gonzalez Monroy for the translation. He is also the awesome sound recordist for all these interviews.