Jenny Holzer’s new, dazzling, installation at the Philadelphia’s Comcast Technology Center consists of nine echoing lines of seventeen-hours of text running continuously on the ceiling. Among the texts set by Holzer are three poems of mine from Girly Man: “Didn’t We,” “Likeness,” and “The Beauty of Useless Things: A Kantian Tale” (not pictured in the video).
No one’s a kid for twenty years without a little know-how. I was a child in the 80s and child of the 90s because I kept up with kid stuff instead of going to college. I went to school on post punk music, the Walker Art Center, and the language poetry I read in my local public library. So I know to be true that the following—my opening gambit—is well after the fact. That’s true, but it’s just a caveat. I get the feeling my indefinite childhood is increasingly passé.