Originally Published: November 17th, 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 17, 2009
     Teri G.

    "I don't have time for poetry." This guy is great. This is the first time I've felt like somebody answered honestly. Bravo!

  2. November 17, 2009

    It may be honest, but I wonder if it's true. Is poetry a game for the young? That's what this guy seems to be saying . . . too many responsibilities for poetry. I guess it may be true, but it's sad.

  3. November 17, 2009

    It's funny. Poetry does still seem to be, no matter how "contemporary," an out-of-time art. So it does seem like a game for the young because there are so many out-of-time moments when we're young (boredom?). That said, it's a shame this guy feels so caught up he can't step away. Getting and spending and all of that. I guess that's one definition of conservative.

  4. November 19, 2009

    I say bullshit on Vladimir. I say he has lost a capacity for love, which is an occupational hazard dogging all old people, old men especially. I know of one old man who proves Vladimir wrong. Goethe.\r


  5. November 21, 2009

    Sorry Vlad....your smile says it all...When thoughts precipitate into words that allow us to communicate, we are all happy. When the same words work together like polished stones in a gurgling stream, produce music as well as insight in the stream of your consciousness, then even your smile, Vlad, would be broader. Go on...admit it, - if only for the mischevious kid still trapped inside.