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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.
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.
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.”
I never read poetry; can’t stand the stuff
and who could blame me?
The bad ones make me gnash my teeth
and the good ones only shame me.
Copyright 2008 – HARDWOOD-77 Poems, Gary B. Fitzgerald
I didn’t see this gentleman struggle at all. He seemed very clear, and eloquent.
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!
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.
special thanks to Juan David Gonzalez Monroy for the translation. He is also the awesome sound recordist for all these interviews.
Posted in Uncategorized on Wednesday, November 11th, 2009 by Melissa Friedling.
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