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My next phase of research is for a set of poems about the film Nostalghia. Unlike my Andrei Rublev research, I am going to start this phase by going straight to Tarkovsky’s words on the film, and also his thoughts on the concept of nostalgia itself.

The reason why I avoided Tarkovsky in his exegetical capacity at first was, I think, a fear of becoming a Tarkovsky fanatic — I don’t know if I was ready to engage with that ego and still be able to think straight (and of course, I mean this very respectfully). But now that I have been forged in the fires of Rublev for at least twelve months, I go into this new chapter with a far more critical ear.